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Premier League Writing Stars Poetry Competition 2020

Published Wed 19 Feb 2020 - By Literature Wales
Premier League Writing Stars Competition Judges
Primary school pupils encouraged to be ambitious for this year’s Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition

The Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition has returned for a third year,  with primary school pupils aped five to 11 across England and Wales encouraged to write on the theme of ambition.

The competition is once again supported by stars from the world of football and literature, with Leicester City defender Wes Morgan, Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell and poet and hip-hop artist Karl Nova forming this year’s judging panel. Poet Mari George will be responsible for judging the Welsh language entries. The campaign is supported by the National Literacy Trust and is part of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, which has already engaged more than 17,000 primary schools in England and Wales.

This year’s Premier League Writing Stars  theme of ambition will encourage children to dream big for themselves and the world around them, highlighting the importance of self-belief and inspiring pupils to celebrate accomplishments as they work to achieve their goals.

Nova, winner of CLiPPA 2018  for Rhythm and Poetry, has written the poem  ‘Beautiful Ambition’ exclusively for this year’s competition, which primary school pupils can use as inspiration for their own writing. This features in the free downloadable resource pack available to teachers at www.PLPrimaryStars.com

More than 50,000 primary schoolchildren have entered poems into the Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition over the past two seasons, when the themes were resilience and diversity.

Cressida Cowell said:

‘It is truly inspiring to see how many children have been involved with Premier League Writing Stars and had the desire to express themselves through poetry since the campaign launched in 2017.  Writing is magic, and magic should be for everyone.’

Premier League Writing Stars uses the appeal of football to engage and inspire pupils. This year’s national winners will see their poems published in a limited edition book and will win a Premier League Trophy visit for their school, as well as a special poetry workshop with Nova for their class.

Wes Morgan, said:

“Encouraging children to think about their dreams and instilling confidence in  them  so they  feel  ready to  go out and achieve their goals is crucial for development and a great life lesson. I feel honoured to be a part of this year’s Writing Stars judging panel and can’t wait to see what ambitious writers are out there!”

Writing Stars entries can be any form of poetic writing including a rap or lyrics but must be no longer than  150 words. The judging panel will consider several criteria when selecting the winners, including creativity, tone and originality.

Primary school teachers can head to www.PLPrimaryStars.com     to register and download the free Premier League Writing Stars resource pack on ambition. All original poem entries must be submitted through the website or by post by the closing date of Friday 20 March 2020 to  be considered. Winners will be announced in May 2020. For more details, head to www.PLPrimaryStars.com

Click on image to read poem.