Poetry Contest

  • 2016-2017 High School Poetry Contest

    Entrants must be a high school student or a home-schooled student in grades nine through twelve. Students from anywhere in the United States may enter.

    The top three winners will receive a monetary award, a signed book by distinguished poet Ross Gay, 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.

    2016 Writing Contest Winners

    Contest Rules

    • Each student may enter 1 or 2 poems.
    • 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 a 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 be postmarked by February 1, 2017.

    Send poems through regular mail to:

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

    Winners will be notified by email in March 2017. Awards will be presented at the annual English Awards Night.

    40th Annual English Awards Night

    Ross Gay


    Poetry Reading by Distinguished Poet Ross Gay

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    7:30 p.m., Waldron Campus Center, Gannon University
    Free / Open to Public

    Visit http://www.rossgay.net/about for more information on this distinguished poet.