2nd Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest

INTERNATIONAL WRITING CONTEST

Ages 9 to 21 | All Countries | Free to Enter

 

NOW OPEN! More Prizes. More Winners. 

 

2014 Contest Opens July 1st

2013 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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407 comments on “2nd Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest

  1. arihant

    Dear Laura, I am 12 years old . how to submit the age proof for the poetry contest? Please suggest as I would like to participate in the contest.
    regards

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Arihant. Don’t worry about that right now…just submit your story. :-)

  2. Jenny

    Hi Laura,

    Is there a recommended length for the poems? Mine is only 18 lines and I feel like if I write more it will be repetitive.

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Jenny. No, not at all. The length of your poem will really depend on your subject matter and tone and what exactly you are trying to say. Take a look at the variety in last year’s winners.

  3. arihant hemendra

    Dear Laura, can I submit one of my poems which I earlier submitted to jablog for the competition . The poem got rejected due to difficulty in formatting. I have worked on those suggestions. Thanks

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Arihant. Absolutely. I’m pleased to hear that you took the feedback and worked on your poem. :-)

  4. thom

    can i win even if i did not purchase the feedback option?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Thom. You bet. The feedback option is not connected to how well a story does; it is an option for anyone who wants to get some feedback, no matter how well their story does in the contest.

  5. Taylor

    Hey Ms Thomas,

    i hit the feedback option, but is it okay if i do not pay right away? I will be getting a paypal account in October and would like to pay then.

    Thanks,

    Taylor

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Taylor. Not a problem. You have lots of time.

  6. Callie

    If we don’t win do we still get the rights to our poem?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Callie. You always own the rights to your poem.

  7. Farah Azmi

    Hi im Farah from Malaysia. I would like to ask about the certs. Will it be available only after the results is announced? Because i wish to give the certificates of participation to my students before nov 2014…. Thank you

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Farah. You can purchase and download the certificate any time you wish. It is in the store and you receive the file immediately after paying.

  8. blip

    Is this a legit website? Or a scam? I cant see that it looks truly legitimate?

    • Laura Thomas

      I’m real. The contest is real and in it’s second year.

  9. Audrey Corno

    Dear Ms. Thomas,
    Can we still purchase the feedbback option after submitting the poem?
    Thanks,
    Audrey

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Audrey. Yes. You can. You have until December 15th when the contest closes.

  10. Meghana

    Hi Laura.
    I’ve recently submitted an entry for the writing competiton, can I participate in this as well? And if you can please, tell me the date when the results will be announced…thank you..

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Meghana. Yes you may compete in any of our contests. The dates for results are posted near the top of the contest page.

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