2nd Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest

INTERNATIONAL WRITING CONTEST

Ages 9 to 21 | All Countries | Free to Enter

 

DEADLINE DECEMBER 15, 2014

 

Junior Authors Poetry Contest 2014 Deadline2013 Statistics & FAQs
2013 Winners
2013 First-round Judging Comments

2013 Second-round Judging Comments

Deadline December 15, 2014
Finalists Announced in March 2015
Winners Announced in April 2015

AGE CATEGORIES

Category I Ages 18 – 21*
First place poet will be published on this website, receive a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published  by Laura Michelle Thomas and a certificate of achievement. Second to fourth place poets will be mentioned on this website and receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a certificate of achievement. Fifth through eighth place poets will receive a certificate of achievement and mention on this website. See rules below. *You can be no more than 21 years old on December 15, 2014.

Participation certificates are now available in the LTC Store.

Participation certificates are now available in the LTC Store.

Category 2 Ages 15 – 17
First place poet will be published on this website, receive a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas and a certificate of achievement. Second to fourth place poets will be mentioned on this website and receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a certificate of achievement. Fifth through eighth place poets will receive a certificate of achievement and mention on this website. See rules below.

Category 3 Ages 12 – 14
First place poet will be published on this website, receive a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas and a certificate of achievement. Second to fourth place poets will be mentioned on this website and receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a certificate of achievement. Fifth through eighth place poets will receive a certificate of achievement and mention on this website. See rules below.

Category 4 Ages 9* – 11 
First place poet will be published on this website, receive a signed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas and a certificate of achievement. Second to fourth place poets will be mentioned on this website and receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a certificate of achievement. Fifth through eighth place poets will receive a certificate of achievement and mention on this website. See rules below. You can be no younger than 9 years old on December 15, 2014.

 

2014 International Junior Authors Poetry Contest Rules

Click on the poster for complete details about the Polly Prize for Creative Writing

Click on the poster for complete details about the Polly Prize for Creative Writing

If you choose to not follow the rules or submission guidelines, your submission could be disqualified. We only accept entries via the ONLINE ENTRY FORM.

  1. Contest closes at midnight on December 15, 2014 (Pacific Time)
  2. It’s FREE to enter. (Thanks to our volunteers!)
  3. Feedback Option. If you wish to find out how the judges scored your poem and what round your poem made it to, you can have it for a small fee of $10 CAD. You will see the option on the online entry form and you must pay for it in the LTC store before the contest deadline: December 15, 2014. With your feedback option you receive a free copy of Polly Workbook #3: Write a Poem.
  4. One poem per person.
  5. Your poem must be in English.
  6. Contest is open to anyone between 9 and 21 years old as of December 15, 2014. Proof of age may be required.
  7. It does not matter where you call home. Entries from every country are welcome.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. No images, illustrations or fancy fonts. Keep it easy to read. Not sure which font to use? Try Times New Roman 12 pt.
  11. Please put the following information at the top of the first page of your poem. If you do not include this information at the top of your poem, 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 December 15, 2014
    4. Email address
    5. Mailing address
    6. Phone number
    7. Title of your poem
  12. Complete the ONLINE ENTRY FORM and upload your poem in one of these 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. If you wish to be on our regular INSIDER mailing list, please sign up on the left side of this page.
  13. Copyright. If your poem wins, you will keep the rights to it. We will ask you for permission to publish your poem on this website for others to enjoy and learn from. However, the poem remains your property and you are free to submit it elsewhere.
  14. Judging. Each poem is judged on its literary merit as a poem including: form and structure; imagery and figures of speech; poetic devices and prosody; and unity. 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.

If you have questions about the rules or entry form, please leave a polite comment below and Laura will respond as soon as she can with an answer.

 

About the Feedback Option

Polly Want to Be a Writer Workbook #3If you would like to know your score (broken down into its component marks), please purchase the $10 CAD feedback option in the LTC Store. As a bonus you will receive a free copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer Workbook #3: Write a Poem. You are allowed to purchase the feedback option and use the workbook before you submit your story. NOTE: If you do not purchase the feedback option you will not find out your score or receive any feedback from Laura. Not even the winners or finalists find out their score or get feedback unless they have purchased the feedback option.

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.

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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427 comments on “2nd Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest

  1. Ahmad

    Hi Laura
    Can we submit a poem which we have submitted in another contest and the results have not been announced yet

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Ahmad. No. Please send us a different poem to judge.

  2. tanishqa

    hey laura who is your favourite author

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Tanishqa. Favourite author? Me. I love my style and my subject matter. I write books that I love to read. ;-)

  3. Vanessa

    Hello Laura,
    Can I submit a poem that has won a prize in another competition before?
    Thank you!
    Regards,
    Vanessa

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Vanessa. You can, but I encourage you to submit something fresh and new that represents your best work today. You don’t want to get in the rut of recycling a single piece of writing.

  4. Ragi

    I sent my poem, but my online entry form is incomplete. So, I resent it with the same poem. Would it cause any problems?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Ragi. That is fine. I will use the one that is complete.

      • Ragi

        Thank! :)

      • Ragi

        Thanks! :)

  5. Lennox Johnston-Yu

    Hi Laura,
    What’s your favourite piece of writing you’ve every written?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Lennox. I do not have a favourite.

  6. Charlotte

    if i have already written a poem that is going to be published, am i still allowed to submit it into your competition?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Charlotte. You will have to ask the publisher who will be publishing it. But regardless of the publisher’s answer, I recommend that you submit another piece to this contest. It’s a bad habit to keep recycling your best work. Try to keep writing more “best” work. :-)

  7. Georgie-Tennessee Bond

    Hello, I was just wonder is there a theme for this competition? Thank-you.

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Georgie. No theme. Anything you like.

  8. Jayasri Dharshini

    Hey Laura,
    What is the minimum number of lines that a poem should consist??

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Jayasri. There is no minimum. It really depends on your subject matter and what you are trying to get the reader to think and feel.

  9. Magda

    Hello Laura,
    If I was to submit a poem for this competition, would I be allowed to enter it for any other competitions?
    Thanks,
    Magda

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Magda. It’s okay with me, but it might not be okay with other contests. As a writer, it is best to just submit one piece of writing to one place at a time. It will encourage you to write more.

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