Poetry Contests

  • 2012-2013 Poetry Contest Winners

    2013-2014 High School Poetry Contests

    Gannon University will sponsor two high school poetry contests for the 2013 - 2014 academic year, one for students throughout the United States and one for students in Erie County, Pennsylvania. The top three winners in each contest will receive a monetary award, a signed book by distinguished poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and publication in the Awards Night program.

    • First Place: $100.00
    • Second Place: $75.00
    • Third Place: $50.00

    Poems may also win Honorable Mention awards.

    Eligibility

    Each contestant must be a high school student or a home-schooled student in grades nine through twelve and must follow the rules for each contest explained below.

    Winners

    Winners will be notified by email in early March 2014. Awards will be presented at the annual English Awards Night:

    Thursday, March 27, 2014
    7:30 p.m., Waldron Campus Center, Gannon University
    Guest speaker:Naomi Shihab Nye

    For more information, email moore001@gannon.edu

    Rules for Erie County, PA, Poetry Contest

    • Students must attend a high school or be a home-schooled student in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
    • Each student may enter1or2poems; each poem is restricted to 50 lines or fewer.
    • Poems may be about any topic and in any form and must be the original workof the student.
    • Poems must be typed.
    • The student's name, address, phone number, email address, and grade in school must appear in the top left corner of each poem.
    • The student's school, school's address, school's phone number, and teacher's name and email addressmust appear in the top right corner.
    • Poems will not be returned; students should not send their only copies.
    • Poems must be postmarked by February 1, 2014.

    Send poems through regular mail to:

    Berwyn Moore, Professor of English
    Attn: Erie County High School Poetry Contest
    Gannon University
    109 University Square
    Erie, PA 16541

    Erie County students may also enter the national contest, but they need to submit two packets of poems,one to each contest. Poems submitted by Erie County students will not automatically be considered for the national contest.

    Rules for National High School Poetry Contest

    • Each student may enter 1 or 2 poems; each poem is restricted to 50 lines or fewer.
    • Poems may be about any topic and in any form and must be the original work of the student.
    • Poems must be typed.
    • The student's name, address, phone number, email address and grade in school must appear in the top left corner of each poem.
    • The student's school, school's address, school's phone number, and teacher's name and email address must appear in the top right corner.
    • Poems will not be returned; students should not send their only copies.
    • Poems must bepostmarked by February 1, 2014.

    Send poems through regular mail to:

    Berwyn Moore, Professor of English
    Attn: National High School Poetry Contest
    Gannon University
    109 University Square
    Erie, PA 16541