Roses are red, poets are awesome

Deadline: April 30; Award: Up to $500

Get writing and get winning!

 The Annual Student Poetry Contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 3-12 (including home schooled and tutored children), regardless of experience or previous publication, except where prohibited. Employees and agents of The America Library of Poetry and their immediate families are ineligible and may not enter. Each entrant may submit one poem of no more than 20 lines on any subject, and in any style except concrete (shape poems) or black out poems (marker covering another author’s text to create a poem) provided that the content of the poem is not vulgar or offensive, does not employ profanity, and is the original, individual work of the entrant. All submissions become the property of The America Library of Poetry and will be considered for publication in a forthcoming anthology and may appear on this website. Submissions by multiple entrants may be mailed together in one package to save on postage.

All entries sent by mail must include completed entry form.

All entries sent via website must include completed online form.
Entrants must complete the entry form in its entirety to qualify for the contest and may submit no more than one poem per contest.


Poems are judged based on originality, creativity, and artistic quality. Poems not meeting the requirements for line limitation are automatically disqualified. Poems containing profanity, vulgarity or offensive material are automatically disqualified. 

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