16th Annual Kids’ Poetry Contest
Kids K – 5th grade can enter
You can be from any surrounding town
DEADLINE IS MONDAY, APRIL 30th at 8pm!
- Read the submission guidelines below (or on the submission form)
- Write a poem (it can be about anything and in any form)
- DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON IT
- Print out a form below (or pick one up at the Amesbury Public Library) and fill it out.
- Bring the form and the poem (you can decorate it if you want, but make sure we can read it!) to the Amesbury Public Library Children’s Room.
PLEASE NOTE: With picture, your submission must be 8 ½ by 11 inches or smaller
- Come to the Poetry Party on May 10th at 6:30pm to see the winners read their poems (one of them just might be you!)
- Entries must be 8 1/2 x 11 or SMALLER and can contain illustrations. If illustrations are included, the entire submission still cannot be bigger than 8 1/2 x 11.
- The contest is open to all K-5th grade students. You may live in any surrounding town.
- You may only enter ONE poem. If two or more poets write ONE poem together, they each cannot enter another poem.
- You may enter a poem written for school or one created at home.
- If you entered a poem in last year’s contest and it won a prize, please, do not enter the same poem again.
- The poem must be an original work written by you, not someone else. Your poem will be disqualified if it is plagiarized.
- All poems will be displayed on the grand staircase (with poet’s permission).
- Judges will pick the winners. The judges will only know the poet’s grade, not the poet’s name. Judges will be anonymous until the Poetry Party.
- Winners are chosen within each grade.
- Deadline: Monday, April 30th, 2018.
- Poems received after the deadline will not be considered.
Make sure to check out all the poems as they get hung up in the stairway up the Children’s Room. They will be on display until June 10th!
From May 1st – May 30th vote for your favorites for our People’s Choice Award.
Thanks to the Friends of the Amesbury Library
for funding this program!
Need some ideas…try these sites!
HELPFUL LINKS ABOUT POETRY
Funny poet Kenn Nesbit shares how to write funny poems and explains the different kinds. Includes rhyming dictionary: Poetry Writing Lesson
Giggle Poetry offers funny poems to read and rate as well as ideas for writing your own poems, fill in the blank poems, and word games.
Poetry Foundation: Children’s Poet Laureate information, poem search, and other resources.
Interview with poet and author Jacqueline Woodson
Edsitement: All Together Now! Curriculum unit on writing poetry in site sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Fun site of poet Jack Prelutsky!