Friday, March 26, 2010

Young Poets! This post is for you!

The Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition

Highly recommended free contest for high school students in the Washington, DC region offers two winners an honorarium plus reading at Rock Creek Park with an established poet. Send 5-6 poems, published or unpublished. Sponsored by The Word Works, which also runs a prestigious manuscript prize for adults.

Leonard Milberg '53 Secondary School Poetry Prize

Deadline March 29th! Free contest sponsored by the Princeton University creative writing program offers prizes up to $500 for unpublished poems by 11th-graders (high school juniors). Submit 1-3 poems, any length. Contest is judged by the Princeton University creative writing faculty, which includes such acclaimed authors as Jeffrey Eugenides and Joyce Carol Oates.

Sarah Mook Memorial Poetry Prize for Students

Offers prizes up to $100 in four age categories for unpublished poems by students in grades K-12. Submit 1-3 poems, any length. Optional $5 entry fee will be donated to St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, SD, which serves the Lakota (Sioux) population. This contest is sponsored by David Mook in memory of his daughter, a young writer who died suddenly of an aortic aneurysm when she was in third grade.

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival's Young Poets Competition

Free poetry contest for Connecticut high school students. Four to six winners will be published in a special-edition chapbook and be invited to read their poems during the "Night of Fresh Voices" in August at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at the Hill-Stead Museum. Send 1-5 pages of unpublished poetry and completed entry form by mail or email.


Alan said...

Here's an essay about a young poet's journey through craft and the lessons learned along the way. Please read it at

Dallas said...

Thank you for sharing this, Alan! What a lovely essay. I encourage everyone to visit your blog and read it!