2018 Poetry Contest Announced!
The theme for 2018 is "Dream" based on an exerpt from a Sandburg poem, "Nothing Happens Unless First a Dream". This is also the 2018 programming theme as the park celebrates it's 50th Anniversary in 2018.
2018 Contest Rules - please read this thoroughly before making a submission.
2018 Submission Form
Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest
The contest is announced in December of each year with entries due late February. The contest encourages young students to write poetry based on a theme which changes each year. Educators are invited to submit original poems written by their students. Students in grades 3-12 are guided only by an annual theme. Submissions can be written in any style. Poems are judged within grade categories, 3-5th, 6-8th and 9-12th. Winning poets are then invited to share their work at a celebration in their honor.