Free Student Poetry Contest Official Rules
Contest Dates: The Student Poetry Contest is ongoing. Entries are accepted year-round and placed in the contest most current at the time of their receipt. Each contest states a deadline of April 30th. The next contest begins the following day.
Selection: 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.
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are selected in each of four divisions (Division 1 - Grades 3-5, Division 2 - Grades 6-7, Division 3 - Grades 8-9, and Division 4 - Grades 10-12). Each winner will receive a cash prize and Certificate of Achievement. The writer who places first overall receives the Editor's Choice Award, and a $500.00 cash Grand Prize. Prizes are also awarded by random drawing, based on participation and not artistic ability, to encourage all students to pursue literary endeavors. These awards consist of a new Laptop Computer, Tablet, or iPod Touch, a "School's Out" Shopping Spree, one of ten Gift Cards. Top Educator Awards are one of ten Laptop Computers, Netbook, Chromebook, or Tablets. Spirit of Education Award winning school will receive a new computer package and a trophy suitable for the school's display case. In the event of a tie, duplicate prizes will be distributed.
Decisions: The panel of judges consists of members of The America Library of Poetry Review Committee. All decisions made by the judges are final.
Fees: There are no entry fees for any of the contests. No purchase necessary. No financial obligation to enter or win the contests.
Copyrights: The author retains all copyrights to the submitted poem. Winning poems will appear on this website with the copyright notice intact and may be published in a forthcoming anthology. By entering the contest, you consent to the publication of your poem if it is selected as a winning entry for the grade division.
Notification: Winners are announced every September 30th. Winners are notified by phone, email, or standard mail. Names of the winners and their respective poems may appear on this website.
Legalities: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by The America Library of Poetry. All rights reserved. All information provided herein pertains to the 2016 contest. This information may update or change for future contests.
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