For nearly two decades, the Junior League of Washington has hosted the “Find Your Words” Youth Poetry Contest. Students are now invited to participate in the 17th annual event, aimed to encourage and support literacy.
Students in Washington, D.C., public and charter schools (grades 4-8) are invited to participate in the competition by submitting up to two poems on any topics of significance or interest to them. Entries will be judged on the basis of content, originality, creativity, and clarity.
One first place winner and two honorable mentions in each grade will receive literacy-focused prizes (value of $50 for first place and $25 each for honorable mention). The winners will also be printed in a JLW booklet and invited to read their poems at a JLW reception in the spring.
Teachers or other educational instructors are asked to submit poems via email to JLWDCpoetry@gmail.com on students’ behalf. Entries should be submitted as an attachment in Word format.
Contest entries may be submitted until Friday, April 1, 2016. Winners will be notified in early April via the email address of the submitter.