Junior Authors Poetry Contest

Ages 11 to 21 | All Countries | Free to Enter

 

Contest Closes midnight March 31, 2016

 

Finalists will be announced on April 29, 2016
Prize winners will be announced on 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. Your email address will automatically be added to the contest email list which will only be used to send you contest information and results.

ONLINE ENTRY FORM

 

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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508 comments on “Junior Authors Poetry Contest

  1. Nadhira

    Hi Laura! After I submit my work, should I be receiving an e-mail of confirmation? I’m checking because I’m quite certain I’ve sent in my poem, but I’m not sure whether you have received it or not.
    Thank you!
    Jasmine Nadhira

    • Hi Jasmine. After you submitted, you should have been taken to a webpage that said your entry has been received. I have not sent out any emails yet to the contest mailing list. There won’t be any news or updates until judging starts in April.

  2. Sabree

    What if you don’t have a phone but an I-pod touch , could you use that contact info

    • Hi Sabree. Please complete the contact information to the best of your ability. If there is going to be something missing, state the reason why when you are completing the entry form and putting the information at the top of the first page of your manuscript.

  3. Medina Marwa Dansih

    Hello Mrs. Thomas,
    I have a question to ask you. Am I allowed to submit my work that has been published? If I am, I have a few changes and it will be the closest thing to perfect!
    Thank you,
    Medina Danish

    • Hi Medina. I cannot say if it’s okay or not as I do not know what company first published your poem and what your copyright agreement is. You would have to check with them. For my part, I am okay with previously published work being submitted to my contests. However, if your goal is to build your publishing resumé, I recommend that you keep writing, polishing and submitting new material all the time.

      • Medina Dansih

        Thank You,
        Medina

  4. Abigail

    Mailing address is your home address right?

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