Junior Authors Poetry Contest

Ages 11 to 21 | All Countries | Free to Enter

 

Contest is now closed

Updates will be emailed to the contest mailing list. 

VIEW CONTEST STATISTICS PAGE

Finalists announced – LINK to Results Page
Prize winners will be announced the week of May 2nd, 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
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
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
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
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
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.

 

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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540 comments on “Junior Authors Poetry Contest

  1. Adaline G.

    How do I know if my entry is sent in? Could you confirm my entry? Thanks!
    Adaline G.

    • Hi Adaline. I’ll be sending out a welcome email to everyone who entered the contest tomorrow, after the deadline.

  2. Wilson

    Would it be alright if i copied a phrase from somewhere else? For instance from a movie.

    • Hi Wilson. I’m not sure how you are going to use it but the general rule is that when you copy a line from another published work you must put the line in quotation marks and include a footnote.

  3. Sanjivani

    Hi Laura
    It would be a great help if you could confirm receiving my entry for the junior authors poetry and whether the format of the file is compatible.
    Thank a lot , Laura

  4. Ahmad

    Hi Laura, I want to submit an edited entry of my poem “The Sentiment of Our Past.” Please give me a go ahead to submit my poem again so that you can delete the precious entry and accept the new one

    • Hi Ahmad. You can do so any time. When it’s time for judging, I will only read the most recent submission. Any previous versions will not be judged.

  5. Soumya

    Ms. Laura, is it really necessary to give age proof? I haven’t so if you say I shall do that.

  6. Soumya

    My greetings Ms. Thomas
    Thanks for organizing this contest. Well I have sent my poem and I’d be glad if you could confirm if you have received it or not. Well may I know if this contest is judged by you or a panel of judges?
    Once again all my love and wishes to you and your initiative.
    Soumya

    • Hi Soumya. I see your entry in my inbox. I will send updates about the contest and judging when the contest closes. I usually ask a local poet or two to read the entries as well, but I am the lead judge and I read every poem at every stage of the judging process; ultimately, it’s my decision who the winners will be.

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