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Children’s Poetry Contest: Step Into the Spotlight and Show Your Poetic Prowess

Team StoryWeavers|June 13, 2023, 17:51 IST| 1

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We all love poems. They are wonderful. They have rhymes and rhythms, and we can recite them eloquently in front of our family and friends. Keeping this in mind, we shared a step-by-step guide on how to write a poem. That is why we are excited to announce a Poetry Writing Competition for our young poets! 

We are super excited, are you? Here are some things to keep in mind while submitting your poems for this competition. 

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Poetry contest instructions for parents

  • If your child has never written a poem before, use this step-by-step poetry writing guide to help them write one. 
  • Submit a clear photo of an original poem that your child has written. It has to be in your child’s handwriting. Ask the child to write on white paper with a dark pencil or pen to ensure legible handwriting. You can also choose to send a scanned copy of the paper. 
  • Do not edit the poem in any manner. Do not fine-tune it or suggest any changes. Submit it in its raw form. If your child has written many poems, submit any three for consideration. At this point, we must encourage writing poems, finesse will come with time. 

Winning criteria for the poetry writing competition

  • Entry criteria is 
    • Readability: How easy is it to read the poem?
    • Structure and flow: How well are the thoughts organised in a poem?
    • Personal voice: Does the poem reflect the personality or perspectives of the poet? 
  • If your poem meets the requirements for entry, it will be accepted into the lucky draw. 
  • Winners will be revealed for each grade (LKG to Grade 6) separately. 
  • E-certificates for participation will be awarded to all participants. 
  • The last date to send your poems is 15 July 2023. 

Prompts to get your child started

Writing a poem can be quite hard in the beginning. To get your child started on the poetry writing journey, you can use the following prompts. Original ideas and poems are always appreciated; however, these will give your child some context to build on. Most young ones would surely love the head start!

Here are some prompts:

  • I have a pet; That’s just great!
  • I want a superpower; To turn a rock into a flower
  • I went to the park; We stayed until it was dark
  • I like adventure; Especially in winter

Be gentle on your child as they work on their poems. Encourage them to read them out to family and friends. Put them on the wall. Encourage and inspire them to explore this craft further. You could also read out good, funny children’s poems to them to motivate them. And, soon, your child will start crafting wonderful poems. 

The last date for the poem submission for this Poetry Writing Competition is 15 July 2023. Looking forward to reading all the incredible poems! Good luck!

About the Author

“Me-kha-la!” That happens at least once when she introduces herself to new people. She wholeheartedly believes in the quote by Arthur Rubinstein that says – “if you love life, life will love you back”. She is an organizational psychologist and psychometrician. She was a class teacher of 36 adorable girls for two years, grades 2 & 3, as a part of the Teach For India Fellowship. These little girls have a special place in her heart, and when she writes for children, she writes for them!

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July 27, 2023

This is Siyu Han, age 10 and I entered your ‘Poetry Contest for Children’.
I was wondering if it is acceptable, when will the winners of the ‘Poetry Contest for Children’ be announced?
Thank you so much.

Respectfully, Siyu Han


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