2019 Poetry Contest Announced!
The theme for the 2019 contest is "Joy." Please review the submission guidelines in the contest flyer before submitting your entry using the submission form. Submissions are due by February 25, 2019.
2019 Poetry Contest Guidelines
2019 Poetry Contest 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.