The annual Poet Laureate Contest is an opportunity for young, creative writers to showcase their work. The contest consists of promoting student pieces and exhibiting the power of writing. This contest is open to all students in grades 9-11.
HOW YOU ENTER: Poets are asked to write and submit four original poems
- Any style of poetry works! It just has to be your own authentic, individual poetry
- You can submit a poem in a language other than English, just also give us a translation
- You can also choose to include an audio recording of your poem(s), if you feel that your poetry must be heard as well as seen by the judges ** SEND YOUR POEMS (and any recordings) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Apr 13, 2022 ** THE JUDGING: Your work will be carefully and lovingly reviewed by a panel of judges (this will include both staff and students– whose identities will be secret until the contest is over). Judges will read and give feedback on your poems during April break. The rubric they use is on page 2 (below)-– read it as you write, edit, and submit! You will get an email on April 25 to let you know if you are a finalist. During 1 advisory block at the end of April, there will be an award ceremony to reward the finalists and winner of the contest. At that ceremony, the finalists will each read one of their poems receive a gift– a fun, literary prize! IF YOU WIN: The student who gets first place will have the title and position of Poet Laureate between April 2022 and April 2023. During that time, the Poet Laureate will…
- add this impressive achievement to their college applications and resume
- have the opportunity to take a personalized poetry workshop (an independent study with Mrs. Colum) to grow their poetic love and capabilities
- participate in Poetry Out Loud meetings (1-2 times per month)
- plan at least one poetry-related event or activity for the RHS community per semester (poetry workshops? Guest speaker events? Start thinking now!)
- write a poem for the senior class, which will be included in the yearbook and read at graduation
- promote their love of poetry! All of that happens with the guidance and support of Mrs. Colum and the Poetry Planning Board.
Joe McHugh (Abby’s father)
Sara Colum – RHS Teacher