Student Poetry Contest

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2017 Student Poetry Contest Winners

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The Longfellow Poetry Contest is an annual competion of original poetry, with categories for high school and elementary/middle school students. The contest is sponsored by the Frank Buda Memorial Fund, New England Poetry Club, Friends of the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters, and Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site.

The Longfellow Poetry Contest is open to grades 3-8. The Ruth Berrien Fox Award is presented to students in grades 9-12.


One poem per contestant will be considered. Please be sure to include the student name, grade level, teacher, school name and address. To enter the contest, mail your poem by April 2nd to:

Longfellow Poetry Contest
Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters NHS
105 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contest winners receive a certificate and cash prize. Notification will be sent to winners through their schools. They will be honored at an awards ceremony and reading on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

As a separate competition, college-level students are encouraged to submit their original poetry to the New England Poetry Club's Victor Howes Prize in Poetry. This contest is open to undergraduate English majors currently enrolled in a New England college. For more information on how to submit poetry, see their website.

Last updated: February 13, 2019

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