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2024 Student Contests Are CLOSED


for your POEMS!


Contests for all grade levels

No entry fees for students. We encourage Classroom or Student Membership in the Poetry Society of Virginia for only $10. 

You'll need to create a Submittable account to enter contests. Click the PDF below to download brochure for more instructions.


January 26, 2024

(Original Deadline: January 19, 2024)

Judges are now selecting our 2024 category winners.

Open to all students locally and internationally

Be sure to enter contests S-1 through S-5 for your grade level.

Grade Level Contests

S-1 - Grades 3-4

S-2 - Grades 5-6

S-3 - Grades 7-8

S-4 - Grades 9-10

S-5 - Grades 11-12


For all grade level contests and the Jenkins Prize:


Any subject

Any form

35-line limit

Awards: $25 $15 $10

The Jenkins Prize

Sponsored by Amber, Alyssa, and Annika Jenkins

For grades 9-10 only.

Open to Virginia Students Only

Any form. 35-line limit. Subject: Sports or other challenge you faced

Awards: $25 $15 $10

The Poetry Society Prize

Exclusively for Virginia students in grades 6-8.

The Virginia Student Prize

Exclusively for students in grades 9-12

Any form. Any subject. 35-line limit. Awards: $50 $30 $20

Sponsored by a PSV member.

Spoken Word Prize

Submit text of a poem or recording by deadline. 

Judging will take place on a Zoom call Feb 3, 2024. Details sent to those who submit. 

First prize only: $25

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