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Win a virtual visit from Michael Rosen: WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations to Lexi-Mae Hodgson Baylis from Highweek Primary School in Devon, whose poem Pandemic has been chosen as winner of our KS2 poetry competition. Lexi-Mae has won a virtual visit from Michael on behalf of her school.

Two runners up, Maisie Lou Tucker from Excalibur Primary School in Cheshire East, and Sophie Brice, also from Highweek Primary School, have each won 10 signed copies of Sticky McStickstick for their school for their poems Grandad's Fright Night (Maisie Lou) and New Starts and Bright Beginnings (Sophie).

You can read all three poems below.


The standard of entries was extremely high, and to mark pupils' achievements we've created a certificate of entry for all those who took part, signed by Michael! Download the certificate here.

Poetry competition for ages 7-11: Write your own poem on overcoming a challenge or difficulty

To celebrate the release of Michael Rosen's latest book Sticky McStickstick, we're launching a brand new poetry competition for primary schools in partnership with Walker Books and Twinkl

In Sticky McStickstick, Michael tells the story of his recovery from coronavirus. With fantastic illustrations from Tony Ross, the book tells a story of perseverance and hope, and is a testament to the importance of overcoming fear and learning to accept help – so to take part in the competition we're asking children to write their own poems on how they overcame a challenge or difficulty in their lives. 

The winning entry will be chosen by a team of librarians, publishers and teachers from Peters, Twinkl and Walker Books. The winning entry's school will win a virtual author visit with Michael, and 10 signed copies of the book will also be awarded to two runners up.

How to take part

  1. The competition is open to all pupils aged 7 to 11 (Years 3 to 6 or P4 to P7 in Scotland).
  2. Schools may submit as many entries from pupils as they wish. 
  3. Download the PowerPoint presentation and poetry journal to inspire your pupils.
  4. When your pupils are ready to submit their finished poems, download your choice from the writing frames below, which can be filled out with their entry along with their school name and name of their class. Each pupil taking part should fill out a separate writing frame.
  5. Please scan or photograph each entry and submit them via the online entry form by 5pm on the closing date of Friday 18th February 2022.

Download full terms and conditions.

Useful resources

The team at Twinkl have put together a fantastic, easy-to-use PowerPoint presentation to use with your classes to introduce the competition. There's also a Poetry Journal children can use to gather all of their ideas. 

Download Michael Rosen's Poetry Competition PowerPoint (PPTX)

Download Poetry Journal (PDF)

Watch a video with Michael sharing his top tips for poetry writing and introducing the competition below, to share with your classes. Plus a recording of Michael reading Sticky McStickstick!






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