PL Writing Stars is a poetry competition that encourages primary school children (5-11 years old / KS1-2) to write poetry based on the theme of resilience. It could be a rap, song lyrics or poetic verse – it doesn’t matter, the aim is to make it fun and inspire creativity!

The competition will run until the end of the school term in December (closing data for on-line or postal entries 22nd December 2017).

More information on the competition and key information can be found on

Resources available to school teachers can download to support their delivery on

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

The winning poems will be published in a limited-edition book. Other prizes include author-led writing workshops and Premier League trophy school visits, as well as winning poems being read aloud by football stars.

While this is a national competition delivered by Premier League, Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme will also select a winner from our schools. The SWFCCP winning entry will have their poem published in a Matchday Programme!

We look forward to reading your inspiring poems – Good luck!

National entries are to be submitted on the PL Primary Stars website. Entries to SWFCCP are to be sent to [email protected] or Isobel Dunn, Sheffield Wednesday Training Ground, Middlewood Road, Sheffield, S6 1TF.

Try, Try Again written by T.H. Palmer 

‘Tis a lesson you should heed,
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try again;

Then your courage should appear,
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear
Try, try again;

Once or twice, though you should fail,
If you would at last prevail,
Try, try again;

If we strive, ’tis no disgrace
Though we do not win the race;
What should you do in the case?
Try, try again

If you find your task is hard,
Time will bring you your reward,
Try, try again

All that other folks can do,
Why, with patience, should not you?
Only keep this rule in view:
Try, try again.