Poetry Contest for Students

Poetry Contest for Students

Poetry Contest for Students

This is the 15th year for the Sarah Mook Poetry Contest for students in grades K to 12. Postmark deadline for entries is March 31. Enter up to two original poems of any length, on any subject and in any style. Poems should be typed or word-processed. Cash awards are $100 first prize, $50 second prize, $25 third prize, in each of four categories. Sarah’s kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Olwen Jarvis, is sponsoring a prize especially for kindergarteners. Three kindergarten poets will receive cash awards to  purchase books for their school libraries. Kindergarteners who are not yet able to write will often compose orally. A scribe (older student, teacher, parent) can write down the young poet’s exact words to capture these earliest spoken poems. An optional donation of $5 per submission is appreciated, to be given in Sarah’s name to Save the Children for their work with refugee children. Careful consideration is given to all poems submitted, and the finalist’s poems are read numerous times before any decisions are made. Final judge Marie Kane takes great care in judging each poem and provides a detailed commentary on the poetic merits of each of the winning poems. Previous winners and runners-up are allowed to enter again (as they often have over the years) provided they use different poems. Winners will be announced in late May. For complete contest rules, visit  sarahmookpoetrycontest.com. Entries should be mailed to: Sarah Mook Poetry Prize, 896 Ferncliff Road, Poultney, VT 05764.

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