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Welcome to the Poetry Rivals Teachers Page!

This competition aims to encourage pupils from across the UK to express themselves, gain confidence in creative writing and to introduce them to the world of performance poetry. We are inviting you to send in your pupils’ poems to be considered for publication in an anthology and the chance to be invited to the slam final.

There are some great prizes up for grabs for schools too. The school with the best set of entries will win a creative writing workshop with popular performance poetry duo, Mark Grist and Mixy, known collectively as Dead Poets. These workshops are an excellent experience for young people as they help introduce writing and literature in a modern, original way that many young people find refreshing. Mark and Mixy have been running poetry workshops for secondary schools since 2008 as well as taking the world of spoken word by storm with three national tours of the Dead Poets show.

For more information on Dead Poets, go to their website. http://www.deadpoetry.co.uk/

Pupils will also be in with the chance of winning individual prizes, including a top of the range laptop for the first prize winner and two runners-up will receive a Kindle.

Download our PDF pack now for more information. The pack includes competition guidelines, entry forms and information about the slam final, as well as a lesson plan with activities and inspiration to help get your class started.

Poetry Lesson Plans for KS2 and KS3

Thinking about setting Poetry Rivals as a class or homework activity for your KS2 or KS3 pupils? We've created three poetry lesson plans to help you lay out your lesson in advance quickly and easily! Once your pupils have written their poems, send them to us here at Poetry Rivals and they could find themselves performing their poetry.

Click here to download the Poetry Rivals Lesson Plan for KS2 pupils

Click here to download the Poetry Rivals Lesson Plan for KS3 pupils

Click here to download the Spoken Word Lesson Plan for KS3 pupils (with workshops written by Mark Grist of 'Dead Poets')

Download our PDF pack

Teachers - downloadable competition PDF pack  16 and under PDF pack

Teachers - downloadable competition PDF pack  16-25 year-olds PDF pack