“Words that Whisper, Stanzas that Sing”
Write 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Callaway County Public Library, ATTN: Youth Poetry Contest
710 Court St.
Fulton, MO 65251.
Mail entries must be postmarked by April 30.