Whether you are a published poet, have never written a poem, or have the writing of a poem on your bucket list, the Poetry Matters Project invites you to take the “Poetry Month Challenge” where participants challenge their friends, and family to write a poem of no more than 30 lines in 30 days. Entries can be posted at You can send your entry as an audio recording, document file, mp3, or video file.
You must be at least thirteen years of age to enter. There is no cost to submit your poem to the “ 2020 Poetry Month Challenge.” Only one entry will be allowed per contestant and must be original works that have never been published.
Entries will be accepted until April 30, 2020
Young Poets: 2 Categories
Middle School Students: now know as Dave Drake Literary Prize
Middle schoolers must provide contact email of parent or guardian
High School Students: now known as Gerald Knight Literary Prize
Adult Poets: now known as Spring Robinson/Mahogany Red Lit Prize
Poets between the age of 20 and 60 years old: this category includes college aged students
Senior Poets: 61 years and older
Entries will each be assessed by three judges, to whom the poets will not be identified (blind judging)
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRIES
Anyone, anywhere may submit.
Entry Fees: Contest is free to enter
1. All work must be original and previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
2. Submit one poem, 30 lines maximum, single-spaced, 12-point type. No identifying information should be on the poem Please submit entry as a .pdf to preserve the placement of text on the page would be best. submission via .doc and .docx files are fine.
3. All participants agree to be subjects of press releases and media stories about their work and the foundation.
4. Your submission is an agreement that should your entry win; you will provide either a visual, audio or live reading of your winning entry as soon as notification of your placement as a winner of the contest has posted.
5. All submissions should include
• your name
• postal address •
• phone number
• email address
• school name and address with school principal listed
• your submission title(s), • and a short, publishable bio of approximately 50 words.
Submissions not following these criteria will be disqualified.
Questions: Email all questions regarding your entry to email@example.com.
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DEADLINE: Your poem must be submitted through submittable by April 30, 2020
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Poetry Matters Project Turns 20 this year and we want to try something different. This year we have teamed up with the great voices across the U.S. in an effort to bring more voices to the party!
What: The “Poetry Month Challenge”
Where: The Poetry Challenge is a national event that takes place anywhere in the United States
When: Poetry Challenge from April 1, 2020 through the end of April,30,2020
during National Poetry Month
How: Submit your poem to https://poetrymattersproject.submittable.com/submit.
Cost: Submission is free