Rockwood Academy celebrates Young Writers Poetry Escape competition winners

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

On Tuesday 15th January, 175 students from Rockwood Academy gathered at the school to celebrate their success in having their literary work selected for publication in an upcoming regional poetry anthology published by Young Writers.

In December 2018, 280 students from Year 7 and 8 submitted poetry for the Young Writer’s annual Poetry Escape competition. The competition challenges students to unlock their imagination and embrace creativity in their writing, encouraging them to understand the power poems have in persuading, informing, dividing and wowing audiences. Students are required to write a poem that is either in the style of an ode, lipogram, haiku, or rhyming couplets and the poems theme could be about current affairs, inner feeling, the future or adventure.


Over half of the poems submitted have been successfully selected for publication in their next regional anthology collection. To celebrate the student’s success, a special awards ceremony was held on school grounds to present the winning poets with their certificates. The evening also featured readings of the student’s poetry, showcasing the extraordinary literary talent on display at Rockwood Academy.


Following Rockwood Academy’s student’s success in the competition, Young Writers have requested to work with the school in the future to provide students with further opportunities to have their written work published.

Young Writers was established with the aim of encouraging young people to engage in creative writing, by running national poetry and creative writing competitions through schools, as well as providing free resources to teachers, providing creative workshops, and publishing students work.


We’re very proud of all of the students involved and we can’t wait to read all the poems!