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Football and literature worlds team up in search of 'Premier League Writing Stars'!

The Premier League has launched Premier League Writing Stars, a new poetry competition open to all children aged 5 to 11 at primary schools in England and Wales.

Backed by well-known names from the worlds of football and literature, the competition aims to get young people writing poetry around the theme of resilience: "What does it mean to you to try, try again?”

Entries can be in any form, including rap or lyrics – it doesn’t have to be traditional poetry! Judging will be based on a range of criteria, including creativity, tone and originality.

The all-star judging panel includes former professional footballer and children’s author Frank Lampard, ‘Charlie and Lola’ author-illustrator and Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, Premier League star Yannick Bolasie and Young People’s Laureate for London Caleb Femi. All judging will be overseen by Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust Director.

Competition winners will be selected from Key Stage 1 (ages 5 to 7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11). Ten regional winners will be selected for each age group and two national winners (one per Key Stage) will be announced in early 2018.

The first 1,000 schools to enter the competition will receive a bespoke poetry book bag. Other prizes include author-led writing workshops and Premier League trophy school visits, plus, a special limited-edition Writing Stars poetry book featuring the submissions of all regional winners which will be released in 2018.

Schools have until 22 December 2017 to submit their pupils’ original poems. All entries are submitted via schools – teachers and parents can visit to register or nominate their schools to take part.