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Poetry competition: Holly jolly winners

Judge Alison Chisholm highlights the winning entries from our Christmas Poetry for Children competition

Children’s Christmas poety competition

Winner

Sitting down to write a Christmas poem before the schools have broken up for summer may seem to be a crazy idea, but it’s a good discipline for the writer who needs to keep on top of deadlines and lead times. Much seasonal thought must have been flying around when the Writing Magazine poets submitted scores of entries for the competition for children’s poetry on the theme of Christmas.

Whenever writing for children, it’s essential to aim the work towards the appropriate age group. On this occasion the 7-11 age range was set, and while many poems were perfect for that spread, some suffered from appearing to be targeted at much younger or older readers. If you don’t know any children in the age range it can be difficult to get into their mindset. The next best thing is to study their culture and levels by looking at the TV programmes they watch, magazines they read, and games they play, alongside the demands of the national curriculum that they’re learning at school.

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