The FPL Poetry Contest for kids in grades 1–12 is one of my favorite events here at the library. Why? I love poetry, I love kids, and when you put the two together some real, honest-to-goodness magic happens.
Here are 5 reasons to encourage your child to submit to the poetry contest … as if you needed more reasons to encourage your child to write, but what the hey! We’ll give you some anyway.
1. Creativity in poetry knows no boundaries.
It’s true! For our poetry contest, the only rule is that your work be original. You can write in any style, on any subject you like. What better way to encourage kids’ creativity than giving them unlimited room to stretch their minds?
2. Expression is good for the soul.
Because we allow kids to choose their subject, they can write about whatever crosses their mind. Maybe a friend has hurt their feelings, they want to honor an important adult in their lives, or they just need to get something off their chests. Whatever the need, writing poetry can be one of the best ways for kids to express themselves freely.
3. Can you say confidence-booster?
Many families have told us that their children experienced a large boost in self-confidence and confidence in writing once they had submitted to the our contest — awesome!
4. Submit as many poems as you want!
We do not put limits on how many poems a single poet submits. Submit one or submit one hundred — we’ll read them all!
5. Why not?
Lastly, we’d just like to ask — what’s the harm in trying? We do not share the poems with anyone else other than the contest judges and the poet retain all rights to the work. If he/she wins, great! If he/she doesn’t, the poet still has a work of art engineered by their very own heart.
So what are you waiting for? Download our entry form and submit your poem today. Deadline for all submissions is March 3rd.
Submitted by Lisa Kilian, Youth Services Librarian