What rhymes with Princeton?

Deadline: November 28, Award: Up to $1,500


Take the time to share your poems and you could win.

The Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize recognizes outstanding work by student writers in the 11th grade in the U.S. or abroad. 

Contest judges are poets on the Princeton University creative writing faculty, which includes Marilyn Chin, Michael Dickman, Lynn Melnick, Paul Muldoon, Kathleen Ossip, Patricia Smith, and Susan Wheeler.

2022-23 Contest Details

The 2022-23 contest opened on Monday, October 31. The contest deadline will be Sunday, November 27, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). 

Submit your poetry contest entry here.

Contest Guidelines

Applicants may submit up to three poems. The online submission will include a text version of the poems as well as a PDF file with the same content. The PDF file should include the poem entries first followed by a page that says “END OF ENTRY,” followed by a final page that includes student name, home address, email address, and telephone number, as well as the name of the high school and the high school’s telephone number. With the exception of the final page, all other pages of the PDF should only contain the poem entries and no other information identifying the student or school.

Name the PDF file with the student’s initials in this format: Initials-poems-2022.pdf (For example, if the student name is Kate Lee, the file would be named KL-poems-2022.pdf). Review this sample PDF file as an example for how to correctly format your entry.

To receive email updates about submission deadlines for the contest each year, please subscribe to our contest email list. For more information, go to arts.princeton.edu.