August Challenge on Poetry Box – telling little poem stories

Poems that tell little stories can be really fun to read. Your challenge this month is to write a story poem. It can be really short or medium.

Here are some tips for you:


Use something that happened to you or someone you know as a starting point.

You don’t have to tell the whole story! Tell the bits that interest or fascinate you.

You can keep it real or add a dollop of imagination. Or do more than one version.


Retell a story from a book you have read

You might keep bits the same and you might add your own twists but you will have to miss things out – it is a poem after all.


Retell a myth or legend

Which bits matter and need to be in your poem? You might write from the point of view of one of the characters.


Take a book title as a starting point for your poem and then write your own story poem.


Take a newspaper headline as a starting point and then write your own story poem.


Take a favourite character from a story you like and invent a little poem story for them.

What changes about them?


What changes in your story poem?

Is there a surprise? There doesn’t have to be!


Try different beginnings and endings.


h a v e     f u  n     ! * ! *!


SEND your poem to

DEADLINE Saturday August 27th

Include your name, age, year and name of school. You can include your teacher’s email if you like.

P l e a s e    p u t   ‘Story poem’ in the subject line of your email.

I will pick some favourites to post on the blog and have a book for at least one reader and maybe even a book for a class.

I will post on Wednesday August 31st.

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