20th Annual Kids’ Poetry Contest
for K – 5th Grades
See submission guidelines below!
SUBMIT POEMS ANYTIME BETWEEN APRIL 1st – APRIL 29, 2023
All types of poetry accepted…So start thinking….Experimenting….Creating
HOW TO SUBMIT:
- Write a poem (it can be about anything and in any form)
- DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON IT
- Bring the poem into the Amesbury Public Library Youth Services Desk
- Email your poem with your name, grade, and contact information to email@example.com
- Submit your poem using our online form
DOWNLOAD SUBMISSION FORMS ABOVE OR
Visit the library for materials as well!
You can use the form to submit a poem online at any time before 5pm April 29th
POETRY READING WITH THE WINNERS WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAY 12th
- Entries must be 8.5″ x 11″ or SMALLER, including any illustrations.
- Please do not write your name on the poem. Please print your name only on the attached Submission Form.
- Please type or print your entries very neatly.
- The contest is open to all K-5th grade students, including students from surrounding towns.
- Each individual may submit ONE original poem. If two or more poets write ONE poem together, they cannot enter another poem.
- The poem must be a recent original work written by you. Your poem will be disqualified if it is plagiarized.
- All poems will be displayed at the library and online (with the poet’s permission).
- Poems will be judged on originality, style, and creativity.
- Judges, from the community, will pick the winners. The poems will be judged anonymously.
- Three winners are chosen within each grade.
- We do not guarantee the return of your poem, if you would like to keep the original, give us a copy!
- Submission Deadline: Saturday, April 29th, 2023.
Thanks to the Friends of the Amesbury Library
for funding the poetry reading and prizes
Past Poetry Contest Winners
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
poetry express offers 15 poems you can write right now!
Poetry Foundation: Children’s Poet Laureate information, poem search, and other resources.
Fizzy Funny Fuzzy poet has some fun and funny poems to check out!
Edsitement: All Together Now! Curriculum unit on writing poetry in site sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Learn some more about the Young People’s Poet Laureate
Fun site for poet Jack Prelutsky!