Guidelines for Contest
1. Every poem must have a title on the front page and include an entry form. Entry forms are available at the Library front desk.
2. Poems must be original and cannot exceed 50 lines.
3. Poems must be submitted by the official deadline (April 5th).
4. Each student may submit up to 3 poems each.
4. Do not write your name on any poem but make sure each poem has a title and an entry form with it.
Poems of all types are welcome! Whether you are a traditional poet or an experimental one; whether your poetry is lyrical, humorous or dark; you can make these prompts work for you!
1. Write a poem based on a dream you had. Try to reproduce the sensations from that dream.
2. Write a poem from the perspective of a character in a fairy tale.
3. Write a poem in the form of a message or a letter to your future self.
4. List 3 of the most inconvenient things that happened to you today. Now write a poem about at least 1 of them.
5. Write a poem in the form of a letter (epistle).
OLP Poetry Contest
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enter the contest?
Fill out the entry form and turn it in along with your poem to the Library by the official deadline April 5th. You may hand deliver it to the Library Help Desk or email it to Ms. DeVore: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How are the winners selected?
The judges will read every entry anonymously and whittle them down to 3 finalists. Those finalists will then be assigned a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ranking. Names are not on the poems when the judges read them.
What are the prizes?
Each place will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card in the following denominations:
1st place $50, 2nd place $35, and 3rd place $25.
The winning poems will be published in the OLP Literary Magazine.
Can I get my poem back?
Once the poem is submitted, we cannot return it. Please make copies of your poem and do not send in the original.
How/when will I be notified if I win?
Winners will be announced in the Library during Co-curricular on April 12th.
What is the "poetry reading" part all about?
Any student is welcome to read her poem(s) aloud to the audience on April 12th during Co-curricular. Those who wish to read their poems and have not entered them in the contest must submit them to the Library by April 5th for approval. Poetry contestants are welcome but not required to read their poems aloud too!