Callaway Youth Poetry Contest

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016

April is National Poetry Month. The Callaway County Public Library and the
Auxvasse Creative Arts Program invite all Callaway County kids and teens to submit an original poem!

“Words that Whisper, Stanzas that Sing”

Poetry ContestWrite a poem about sound. You may choose to write about a favorite sound or a song; incorporate poetic devices like alliteration, regular meter and rhyme; or to describe a specific sound like running water or sirens.

Tips for Writing your Poem
  • Write, write, write! Let your mind go loose and crazy for your first words on the paper. Have fun!
  • Don’t stop at your first draft. Good poetry is the result of continuing to working on your poem. Take those first words and see how you can improve them.
  • As you read what you have written, think about what words you chose. Is each word the perfect one for your poem?
  • Pay attention to the sound of each word, and how the words sound together. Is there another word that would sound better?
  • When you read the poem out loud to yourself, do any words stick out as not quite right? How can you change it?
  • Do you feel a rhythm to your poem? Does it roll when you read it?
  • Be specific and descriptive. For instance, instead of saying just “bug,” you could say “a big, fat, black beetle.”
  • Have you used any words that you really don’t need? Cutting unnecessary words can tighten a poem and make it better.
Age Groups
  • 5-8 years
  • 9-12 years
  • 13-18 years

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each age group. A brief awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 24 at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton.

Contest Rules
  • You must live or attend school in Callaway County and be age 5-18.
  • For the 5 to 8 age group, an adult may help you type or write your entry.
  • Entries should include your name, age, address, parent’s or guardian’s name, phone number, email address (if available), school, grade and your teacher’s name.
Deadline

Entries must be received by April 30. Entries may be turned in at the Callaway Public Library, sent by email or mailed to:

Callaway County Public Library, ATTN: Youth Poetry Contest
710 Court St.
Fulton, MO 65251.

Mail entries must be postmarked by April 30.

Download and Print Entry Form