Ah, fall! Cooler temperatures. Back-to-school. Apple pies. Fall festivals. Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins! What's not to love about fall?
This contest is for all you poets out there. Your mission is to write a fall-themed poem for kids ages 6-10 years old. It can be funny, lyrical, thoughtful, or entertaining! No matter the tone, it should speak to the elementary set. (Think about a poem you'd find in a children's magazine.)
Write a kid-friendly fall poem for your chance to win! Entries must be no more than 16 lines. Submissions must be previously unpublished and not under contract.
DEADLINE: October 31, 2022
Masterclass.com describes poetry as "a type of literature that conveys a thought, describes a scene or tells a story in a concentrated, lyrical arrangement of words. Poems can be structured, with rhyming lines and meter, the rhythm and emphasis of a line based on syllabic beats. Poems can also be freeform, which follows no formal structure."
For this contest, your poem should have a fall theme. It can be any type of poem and the type of poem needs to be included in the header with your name. Is your poem rhyming, free verse, haiku, limerick, or something else? Here are a few resources to help you identify the type of poem you're writing and the rules for writing it:
$1,300 Cash Prizes
All entrants are invited to a FREE instructional online workshop with our esteemed judge.
Winning entries will be workshopped by our judge to help writers understand what worked and what could be improved to make it submission-ready.
Submissions will be judged on clarity, originality, how well the poem matches the type of poem selected, audience engagement, potential in the market, and appropriateness for the age range.
The winning entries in the ICL Fall Poetry Contest will be announced at a live online workshop within 90 days after the contest closes. All contest entrants will be notified of the event details by email and be invited free of charge. (Non-entrants may attend for a nominal fee of $7.)
This is a great opportunity to build your writing and submitting skills!