The 2020 Poetry Society of Virginia Student Contest

We are pleased to announce this year's poetry contests as part of our mission to promote the writing of poetry throughout the Commonwealth. The Poetry Society of Virginia annually hosts one of the oldest collection of poetry prizes in the country. Students may enter the individual prize categories below in the appropriate grade level category. Poem entered cannot be entered in other grade level category. Entry rules apply to all categories. We will publish first, second, and third prize winners’ poems as well as Honorable Mentions, with the poet's name (with the parents’ permission), school and teacher on our website by the end of April 2020 after notifying the winners.

Important notice: There are no fees for students to enter the contest. Students are not required to be Poetry Society members to enter, though we welcome any and all to join at a reduced membership rate.

 

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RULES

Entries must be submitted through our website between Nov. 5th 2019 and January 19th 2020. Entries will NOT be accepted by mail or email.

All entries must be in English, original and unpublished.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

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.

All poems are presented anonymously to the judges.

Entrants may only enter one poem per category, and a specific poem may only be entered in one category.

By entering your poem you are affirming that the work is your original creation.

We will publish first, second, and third prize winners’ poems as well as Honorable Mentions, with the poet's name (with the parents’ permission), school and teacher on our website by the end of April 2020 after notifying the winners.

DEADLINE:

Entries must be entered on the website between November 5th, 2019 and January 19th, 2020.

SUBMISSIONS

Entries are only being accepted through our website’s submission system at http://poetrysocietyofvirginia.org/contests

THERE ARE NO ENTRY FEES FOR STUDENTS

THERE IS NO NEED TO BE A POETRY SOCIETY OF VA MEMBER TO ENTER

INDIVIDUAL CONTESTS

 

S-1 Grades 3-4
Any form. Any subject.
24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-2 Grades 5-6
Any form. Any subject.
24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-3 Grades 7-8
Any form. Any subject.
24 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-4 Grades 9-10
Any form.
Any subject.
32 line limit.
Awards $25, $15, $10

S-5 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. Entry rules apply to all categories.

The Poetry Society Prize
Sponsored by a Poetry Society of VA member
Exclusively for Virginia students in Grades 6-8
Any form. Subject: Sports or other challenge you faced.
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
Exclusively for Virginia students Grades 9-12
Any subject. Anonymous MP3 format.
3 minute limit.
Awards: $25, $15, $10

Winners will be notified by the end of April 2020 and posted on the website.

 

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