3rd Junior Authors Poetry Contest

INTERNATIONAL POETRY CONTEST

Ages 11 to 21 | All Countries | Free to Enter

Opens January 4, 2016

 

NOTE: Because the 2014 contest ran long into 2015, there is no contest for 2015. The 3rd Junior Authors Poetry Contest will open on January 4, 2016. Please note the changes for this year and read the rules carefully. Note you must be between the ages of 11 and 21 on March 31st to participate.

IMPORTANT 2016 DATES
Opens JANUARY 4 , 2016
Closes MARCH 31, 2016
Finalists Announced April 29, 2016
Prize Winners Announced May 27, 2016

 

AGE CATEGORIES

Your category is determined by the age you are on March 31, 2016.

Category 1 Ages 19 – 21
Top 6 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website.
Prizes:
1st place = Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice)
Second place = $30 CAD Coupon* for the LTC store
Third place = $25 CAD Coupon
Fourth place = $20 CAD Coupon
Fifth place = $15 CAD Coupon
Sixth place = $10 CAD Coupon
*Coupons are not redeemable for cash.
Finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below. All entires which do not follow the rules will be disqualified. You can be no more than 21 years old on March 31, 2016.

Category 2 Ages 17 – 18
Top 6 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website.
Prizes:
1st place = Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice)
Second place = $30 CAD Coupon* for the LTC store
Third place = $25 CAD Coupon
Fourth place = $20 CAD Coupon
Fifth place = $15 CAD Coupon
Sixth place = $10 CAD Coupon
*Coupons are not redeemable for cash.
Finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below. All entires which do not follow the rules will be disqualified.

Polly Wants to Be a Writer

“Not just an instruction manual, and not just a fantasy novel, this book combines two completely different genres into one wholly enjoyable read that I highly recommend for any person pursuing a writing career.”

Category 3 Ages 15 – 16
Top 6 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website.
Prizes:
1st place = Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published OR The Naked Storyteller (winner’s choice) + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice)
Second place = $30 CAD Coupon* for the LTC store
Third place = $25 CAD Coupon
Fourth place = $20 CAD Coupon
Fifth place = $15 CAD Coupon
Sixth place = $10 CAD Coupon
*Coupons are not redeemable for cash.
Finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below. All entires which do not follow the rules will be disqualified.

Category 4 Ages 13 – 14
Top 6 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website.
Prizes:
1st place = Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice)
Second place = $30 CAD Coupon* for the LTC store
Third place = $25 CAD Coupon
Fourth place = $20 CAD Coupon
Fifth place = $15 CAD Coupon
Sixth place = $10 CAD Coupon
*Coupons are not redeemable for cash.
Finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below. All entires which do not follow the rules will be disqualified.

Category 5 Ages 11 – 12
Top 6 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website.
Prizes:
1st place = Publication on this website + signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published + a 30-minute private coaching session with Laura OR an LTC Insider Plus+ Membership (winner’s choice)
Second place = $30 CAD Coupon* for the LTC store
Third place = $25 CAD Coupon
Fourth place = $20 CAD Coupon
Fifth place = $15 CAD Coupon
Sixth place = $10 CAD Coupon
*Coupons are not redeemable for cash.
Finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below. All entires which do not follow the rules will be disqualified. You must be a minimum of 11 years old on March 31, 2016.

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2016 Junior Authors Poetry Contest Rules

Follow the rules or your poem will not be judged.

Contest closes at midnight on March 31, 2016 (Pacific Time). Late entries not accepted.

  1. FREE to enter.
  2. One poem per person.
  3. Poem must be in English.
  4. Contest is open to anyone between 11 and 21 years old as of March 31, 2016. Proof of age may be required.
  5. Entries from every country are welcome.
  6. All subjects and all forms of poetry are welcome. Go crazy and have fun. But submit your best work and choose a form of poetry that suits your subject. This is not a contest for short stories, novel chapters, essays, drama, etc. Any submissions that are not poetry will be disqualified.
  7. Maximum length is 50 lines. Poems longer than 50 lines will not be judged, no exceptions. Your title does not count toward your total number of lines.
  8. Formatting your manuscript. No images, illustrations or fancy fonts. Keep it easy to read. Not sure which font to use? Try Times New Roman 12 pt.
  9. Mandatory information. Please put the following information at the top of the first page of your manuscript. If you do not include this information or your information is incomplete, your poem will not be judged.
    1. Number of lines (not including your title)
    2. Name (your real name please, no pen names)
    3. Age on March 31, 2016
    4. Email address
    5. Mailing address
    6. Phone number
    7. Title of your poem
  10. Submit. Complete the online entry form and upload your poem in one of these mandatory file formats: doc, docx or pdf. Once you upload your poem you will receive a welcome email from Laura within approximately one hour. Your email address will automatically be added to the contest email list which will only be used to send you updates on judging and results.

ONLINE ENTRY FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE JANUARY 4, 2016

 

Copyright, Judging, Feedback, and Tips

You may find this workbook helpful as you work on your poem.

You may find this workbook helpful as you work on your poem.

Copyright. If your poem wins first place in your category, it will be published with your permission on this website. However, the poem remains your property and you can submit it elsewhere.

Judging. Each poem is judged on its literary merit as a poem including: poetic form and structure, imagery and figures of speech, poetic devices and versification, and unity. Your title will be judged for how well it fits the subject and tone of your poem.

Feedback. There is no personal feedback of any kind given to participants in this contest. However, there are two exceptions to this which participants can take advantage of:  1) become an LTC Insider Plus+ Member or 2) purchase a 30-minute private coaching session to discuss your contest entry.

Tip. If you have read Polly Wants to Be a Writer, then you know that you should not be submitting a first draft. Revise. Proofread. Format properly. Then follow the rules and submit. No lumps of clay please. You can also view several samples of poems with Laura’s feedback on jaBlog! and read the winners from 2013 and 2014.

 

SOMETHING TO ASPIRE TO… Choose a subject that you feel strongly about and then choose the poetic form that will best convey your thoughts and feelings to the reader. Use sound, imagery, figures of speech to amplify your theme and tone. 

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487 comments on “3rd Junior Authors Poetry Contest

  1. Kripa

    Hi there

    Just wondering for the 2016 competition, when will the online entry open?

    • Hi Kripa. All the dates are at the top of the page. The opening date is in big red letters.

  2. Maya

    Why is the next poetry contest in 2016 instead of 2015

  3. Iliana

    Is there a poetry contest 2015?

  4. Piyumie

    Hello Laura,
    When will the 2015 poetry competition start?
    Thank You.

    • Hi Plyumie. I have not yet made the announcement. You can check back here in the new year or sign up for our mailing list and be one of the first to find out.

      • Piyumie

        Thank you very much Laura.I just finished signing up.

  5. Cristina

    Hi Laura, I received the disqualification alert email and, while Im pretty sure I followed the 11th rule, Im still worried I didn’t because I have two files with the same name and one doesn’t follow the 11th rule so can I send the email just to be sure?.

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