The 2018 Poetry Society of Virginia’s Annual Student Contest

The 2018 Poetry Society of Virginia’s Annual Student Contest

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DEADLINE: JANUARY 19, 2018 (postmark) Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday

Founded in 1923 at the College of William and Mary, the PSV (Poetry Society of Virginia) is the second oldest state poetry society in the nation. The Society sponsors annual contests for students and adults, offers programs for schools throughout the Commonwealth, and maintains an active calendar of meetings, opportunities and events for poets old and young.

Entries by Post Office Mail:

Mail entries to:
Poetry Virginia
2015 Student Contest
P.O. Box 14682
Newport News, VA 23608

Entries by Email

Email entries to:
poetryvirginiayouth@gmail.com

NO ENTRY FEES FOR STUDENTS;
NO NEED TO BE A Poetry Society of VA MEMBER TO ENTER

Individual Contests:

S-1 Grades 1-2
Any form. Any subject.
24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-2 Grades 3-4
Any form. Any subject.
24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-3 Grades 5-6
Any form. Any subject.
24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-4 Grades 7-8
Any form. Any subject.
24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-5 Grades 9-10
Any form. Any subject.
32 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-6 Grades 11-12
Any form. Any subject.
32 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

The Jenkins Prize
Sponsored by Amber, Alyssa and Annika Jenkins
For 9th and 10th grades
Any form. Any subject.
36 line limit.
Awards: $25, $15, $10

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR VIRGINIA STUDENTS
Students may enter the individual prize categories below in the appropriate grade level category. Poem entered cannot be entered in other grade level category. All entries can be included in one envelope. Entry rules apply to all categories. Please specify the name of the prize at the top left-hand corner on the entry.

The Poetry Society Prize
Sponsored by a Poetry Society of VA member
Exclusively for Virginia students in Grades 6-8
Any form. Subject: Space or science fiction.
36 line limit.
Awards: $25, $15, $10

The Virginia Student Prize
Sponsored by a Poetry Society of VA Member
Exclusively for Virginia students in Grades 9-12
Any form. Any subject.
36 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20

Spoken Word Prize
Exclusive for Virginia students in Grades 9-12
Any subject.
36 line limit.
Awards: $25, $15, $10


Winners will be notified in April, 2018
and posted on the website.

ENTRY RULES

1. Entries may either be mailed via USPS or emailed.

2. All entries must be in English, original and unpublished. Author retains copyright.

3. Poems that have previously won an award in a Poetry Society of VA contest are not eligible for entry. Poems submitted to the Poetry VA Student Contest cannot be submitted to the Poetry VA Adult Contest.

4. For emailed entries the same rules for mailed entries below but ATTACH poems and cover letter to email. Do not put poems in the body of an email.

5. For either Mailed or Emailed Entries

Submit TWO copies of each poem (one without poet’s name.)

Submit a cover sheet containing:
Contest Category being entered,
Poem name,
Poet’s name (If school policy prohibits release of a student’s full name, please provide a teacher’s name as a contact).
Address (can use your school address),
E-mail address (can use teacher’s email),
Phone number (can use school phone number),
School & teacher’s name and student grade level.
A poem may be entered in only one category.

6. Poems must include a statement on the cover sheet to verify that it is an original work by the poet. (Example: This is my original poem. I wrote it by myself.)

7. Entries, including the cover sheet, must be typed or computer printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

8. Entries will not be returned.

9. Entries must be postmarked or e-mailed between Nov. 1, 2014 and Jan. 19, 2015. Entries will NOT be accepted by special delivery, certified or registered mail, FedEx or UPS.


We will publish first, second, and third prize winners’ poems, name (with the parents’ permission), school and teacher on our website in April 2018 after notifying the winners.

Mail entries to:
Poetry Virginia
2015 Student Contest
P.O. Box 14682
Newport News, VA 23608

Email entries to:
poetryvirginiayouth@gmail.com

S-1 Grades 1-2
Any form. Any subject. 24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-2 Grades 3-4
Any form. Any subject. 24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-3 Grades 5-6
Any form. Any subject. 24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-4 Grades 7-8
Any form. Any subject. 24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-5 Grades 9-10
Any form. Any subject. 32 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-6 Grades 11-12
Any form. Any subject. 32 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

The Jenkins Prize
Sponsored by Amber, Alyssa and Annika Jenkins

For 9th and 10th grades Any form. Any subject. 36 line limit.
Awards: $25, $15, $10

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR VIRGINIA STUDENTS

Students may enter the individual prize categories below in the appropriate grade level category. Poem entered cannot be entered in other grade level category. All entries can be included in one envelope. Entry rules apply to all categories. Please specify the name of the prize at the top left-hand corner on the entry.

The Poetry Society Prize
Sponsored by a Poetry Society of VA member

Exclusively for Virginia students in Grades 6-8 Any form. Subject: Space or science fiction. 36 line limit.
Awards: $25, $15, $10

The Virginia Student Prize
Sponsored by a Poetry Society of VA Member

Exclusively for Virginia students in Grades 9-12 Any form. Any subject.
36 line limit.
Awards: $50, $30, $20

Spoken Word Prize

Exclusive for Virginia students in Grades 9-12 Any subject.
36 line limit.
Awards: $25, $15, $10

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Winners will be notified in April, 2018 and posted on the website.

ENTRY RULES

1. Entries may either be mailed via USPS or emailed.
2. All entries must be in English, original and unpublished. Author retains copyright.
3. Poems that have previously won an award in a Poetry Society of VA contest are not eligible for entry. Poems submitted to the Poetry VA Student Contest cannot be submitted to the Poetry VA Adult Contest.
4. For emailed entries the same rules for mailed entries below but ATTACH poems and cover letter to email. Do not put poems in the body of an email.
5. For either Mailed or Emailed Entries
Submit TWO copies of each poem (one without poet’s name).
Submit a cover sheet containing:
Contest Category being entered,
Poem name, Poet’s name (If school policy prohibits release of a student’s full name, please provide a teacher’s name as a contact).
Address (can use your school address),
E-mail address (can use teacher’s email),
Phone number (can use school phone number), School & teacher’s name and student grade level.
A poem may be entered in only one category.
6. Poems must include a statement on the cover sheet to verify that it is an original work by the poet. (Example: This is my original poem. I wrote it by myself.)
7. Entries, including the cover sheet, must be typed or computer printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
8. Entries will not be returned.
9. Entries must be postmarked or e-mailed between Nov. 1, 2017 and Jan. 19, 2018. Entries will NOT be accepted by special delivery, certified or registered mail, FedEx or UPS.

We will publish first, second, and third prize winners’ poems, name (with the parents’ permission), school and teacher on our website in April 2018 after notifying the winners.

Mail entries to:
Poetry Virginia
2015 Student Contest P.O. Box 14682
Newport News, VA 23608

Email entries to:
studentcontest@poetryvirginia.org


JOIN THE SOCIETY!

Membership in the Poetry Society of Virginia is available to Virginia students for $5 per year!

You do NOT need to be a PSV member to enter the contest, but if you would like to join, complete this application and send with your check (made out to PSV) to:

Poetry Virginia
11161 Guilford Rd.
N. Chesterfield, VA 23235