Teachers, grab your students and let them bust out some poems for the 2015 Oregon Poetry Association’s Student Poetry Contest.
The contest is open to all Oregon students, kindergarten through 12th grade. There is no entry fee, and the postmark deadline for entries is February 10, 2015.
In addition to bragging rights, ten winners in each of four age categories will receive $10 cash prizes. All of the winning poems will be published in “Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology.” Each winner will receive a certificate and a copy of the anthology.
The winning poems in both the middle and high school divisions are also eligible and will be sent to the annual Manningham Trust Student Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies . This national competition also awards cash prizes and publication in an anthology.
Students can enter the contest individually, though writing poetry to enter in the contest is typically a class project organized by teachers.
The contest is great fun for kids as well as teachers, and it gives our kids a chance to showcase their talent and creativity. The contest rules and submission guidelines are below.
2015 Oregon Student Poetry Contest Rules
Division I: Kindergarten – Grade 2
Division II: Grade 3 – Grade 5
Division III: Grade 6 – Grade 8
Division IV: Grade 9 – Grade 12
Submit one original poem (your own individual creative work) on any subject, in any style or form, with a maximum of 40 lines. The poem must be titled, except for haiku, senryu, or limerick.
Type or word process your poem on a single sheet of standard 8 1/2 X 11 white paper, one side only, in a standard type face; no fancy fonts, graphics, or illustrations.
Send two copies of your poem. On the first copy, in the upper right hand corner, type your category (I, II, III, or IV) and grade level, name, school, school address and phone number, and the name (first and last) of your writing teacher.
Also on this copy, type, and sign the following statement: This poem is my own original creative work and has not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other author’s work, including poems posted on the Internet.
On the second copy, type the category and grade level only—check to make sure your name does not appear anywhere on this copy.
Mail to: Oregon Poetry Association
P.O. Box 1775
Corvallis, OR 97339
The deadline is February 10, 2015 (postmarked).
For more contest information visit the OPA website at http://oregonpoets.org/contests/student-contest/ .