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2023 WPSU Poetry Contest

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Share your poetry with WPSU for our first-ever Poetry Writing Contest! We are excited to read poetry from students across Central PA in grades Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

Selected poems from grade bands K-2 | 3-5 | 6-8 | 9-12 will be published on WPSU’s website and the top winning entry from each grade band will be aired on radio during a special episode of Poetry Moment in April 2023 during National Poetry Month.

Explore this Poetry Toolkit with your students to help generate ideas!

Submissions are due by February 28, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Winning entries will be selected by our Poetry Moment host, Todd Davis, with initial review of submissions led by regional partners. The top three entries of each grade band will be published on WPSU online, including recognition of the author, their grade, and school.

There will be an option for the winner to record themselves reading their poem if they wish to have it aired on radio.

Submission Guidelines

Review the full list of contest rules prior to submission.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Entrants must be in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
  • Entrants must be residents of one of the following counties: Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Montour, Potter, Somerset, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren
  • Only one entry per category.
  • Only single-author poems written within the current school year are eligible.
  • Children of contest judges and WPSU employees are not eligible.
  • Entrants under the age of 18 must have their parent(s) or guardian(s) permission

Word Count

  • Poems must include between 25-250 words.

Entry Procedure

  • Complete the online entry form.
  • Form must be submitted, and writing piece uploaded, by February 28, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Poem Format

  • Student’s full name and grade level must be included on a cover or title page, or at the top of the first page.
  • All poems must include a title.
  • Text should be typed.
  • All poem elements should be original; copyrighted names are not allowed.
  • If the students is writing a homage to another work, that work must be mentioned, e.g. “in the style of -title- by – author-.”
  • Students may conference with parents, teachers, and peers on their work.
  • Open Scoring Rubric PDF

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