• In order to be considered for the Poet Laureate Awards, writers must submit five poems. You may submit less than five poems for the other awards.
  • One poem must be a poem that deals with the theme of  “Mind Your Elders.”
  • Remember to proof your poems, and that your name is on every poem. If the poem is longer than one page, please paginate.
  • Poems should be submitted with 1″ margins, 12pt Times New Roman font.
  • For written work, we prefer the files be in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file format.  We will accept .pdf format.
  • Important. Please format the file names of your poems/uploads as follows (No punctuation, please):

Last Name First Name Poem Title

So if Elizabeth Browning were submitting A Child Asleep, the file would look like this:

Browning Elizabeth A Child Asleep.doc

This will make it easier for us to find and keep your poems together.

Along with basic information on you and where you go to school, we will be asking additional information. Having it available will speed up the submission process.  Along with basic information, you will also be asked to list:

  • some awards and accomplishments
  • volunteer and community service activities
  • participation in clubs, sports, after-school, or extra-curricular activities

You will be uploading directly into the submission form, so have your files ready.