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.
2019 Poetry Contest Winners Announced!
The theme for 2019 was "Joy" inspiring students to write a poem about where they find joy. The theme was based on a poem by Carl Sandburg with the same name. You may find the winning poems here.
2018 Poetry Contest Winners Announced!
The theme for 2018 was "Dream" inspiring students to share their dreams. The theme is part of the park's 50th Anniversary theme "Nothing happens unless first a dream", a line from a Sandburg poem. You may find the winning poems here.
2017 Poetry Contest Winners Announced!
The theme for 2017 was "strength" in honor of this universal theme throughout much of Sandburg's poetry. You may find the winning poems here.
2016 Poetry Contest Winners Announced!
2015 Poetry Contest Winners Announced!
2014 Poetry Contest Winners Announced!
2013 Poetry Contest Winners Announced!
2012 Poetry Contest - "Social Activism"
Last updated: April 5, 2019