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
Last date to Purchase Feedback Option December 16, 2015
Finalists Announced January 30, 2015
Winners Announced February 27, 2015
Feedback Returned by March 31, 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

Junior Authors Poetry Contest Feedback SampleIf 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 your poem was scored 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 December 16, 2014. This year, as a bonus, 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. NOTE: We do not accept bulk submissions. Each author must complete the online entry form and submit his or her work.
  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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444 comments on “2nd Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest

  1. Taylor

    Hi Laura,
    It says in the rules that we don’t have to have our poem published on the website if we don’t want to but, yet in the entry form it says that we must check all of the boxes to enter and that includes giving permission to allow so. Is it necessary for us to give permission to have our poem published on the site?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Taylor. I believe you are talking about rule #13 on copyright. To enter the contest you must give us the right to publish your entry if it wins on our website, BUT we do not own your poem, you do. Copyright is about who owns the piece of writing. We get your permission to publish it but you still own it and can submit it elsewhere. Does that help?

      • Taylor

        Yes! Thank you :)
        Have a great day !

  2. Aj

    Hi Laura
    are we allowed to submit more than one poem?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Aj. Just one per person as stated in the rules. Be sure you do read the rules very carefully. :-)

      • Aj

        sorry, must’ve skipped over number 4. thanks!

  3. What are the limits towards the poetry? Can it include violent themes such as self-harm or suicide or is it strictly G-PG themes?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Immy. It’s not a word limit for poetry; it’s a 50 line limit. We are open to poetry on all themes and subjects: light or dark. The judging focuses on how well the poem has been crafted.

  4. Taimur Mollik

    Laura Thomas
    Thank you

  5. Taimur Mollik

    I Timur, I am Bangladeshi. Durjoy Bangla editor of the on line literary group. My group is the author of more than 500 people. Almost everyone who writes poetry. I have 18 of them under the age of 21, would like to send their poems. I’d like to send everyone as editor of Poetry.

    link- https://www.facebook.com/groups/durjoybangla.bd/1556778561203831/?notif_t=like

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Timur. Thank you for your comment. We are not set up to receive bulk submissions. Each author must submit his or her own poem using the online form.

  6. Tuna

    Hello Laura,
    What is the most common form of poetry that you receive in this competition?
    And are all types of poetry welcome?

    Thanks.

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Tuna. Lyric poems are the most common, but all types are welcome.

  7. AJ

    what’s the official site of this contest?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi AJ. This is the official site.

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