Students may submit one or two original poems, each with a maximum of 25 lines, by March 17, 2023. Ten finalists will recite their poems from memory at the competition on April 22, 2023. (Two alternates will be named as well.) Judges will consider both the quality of the poem itself and the skill of the recitation in determining competition winners; recitations allow for an embodiment of the poem but do not treat it as dramatic monologue.
While Mr. McPherson loved the sonnet, poems for this competition may be in any fixed or shaping form, including free verse.
If you submit to this competition a poem that has been submitted or accepted for publication or contests elsewhere, you must disclose this information at the time of submission.
Open to students enrolled in grades 9–12 in public, private, or home schools in Washington, DC, and in Montgomery County and Prince Georges County, MD.
DEADLINES AND NOTIFICATIONS
Students must submit their poems on the form here by Friday, March 17, 2023. Finalists will be notified by email by April 3, 2023. Recitation competition for finalists on Saturday, April 22, 2023.