Teen Poets Wanted!

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There once was a writer from Issasquah...

A melancholay Puget Sound poetess...

There was a Young Lady whose Rhymes...

Hmmm. Writing poetry isn't as easy as it looks.

But WAIT! It doesn't have to rhyme!

Teen poets may submit their verse (whether it rhymes or not) to the annual RHYME ON Teen Poetry Contest from April 1 through 30. Participants should be middle school, junior high, or high school ages.

All types of poetic forms are welcome. So, no matter if your preferred form is haiku or sonnet, cinquain or sestina or blank verse, get busy and get writing!

A few hints from the judges:

  • Short poems are easier to read than long poems. Last year, the judges read more than 300 poems. Be brief and be noticed!
  • We want to read your original work. Let yourself be inspired by classic poets, by your favorite band's lyrics, and by the world around you, but be sure to use your own words in your poem.
  • Ask someone to help choose your best poems. Read the poems out loud to a friend or show them to a teacher you trust, and then submit your very best work.
  • Look at past winners of this contest. The winning poems from Rhyme On 2016 are still posted on our blog.
  • Submissions will be accepted April 1-30. Send your work via email to rhymeon@kcls.org, or bring it to any KCLS branch on a CD or DVD with a printout of the submission. Winners will be announced June 1, 2017.

Now, get busy and RHYME (or not) ON!

Illustrated inkwell and quill used for writing

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