3rd Annual Poet Tree Day
April 20, 2024
"Seeds Of Tomorrow"
Contest Rules 2024
Entries MUST be received on or before March 16, 2024
Deadline: March 16, 2024, midnight.
All poems must connect to the theme in some way.
All entries must be in English, typed, unpublished, original, and not scheduled for publication before May 2024.
All poems are presented anonymously to the judges.
Submit one copy of each poem. Enter the category by email CAdult.Learning@gmail.com or mailed to Charlotte Learning Center, Attn: Poet Tree contest, PO Box 286, Charlotte CH, VA 23923. Only ONE poem may be submitted per person.
Poems must be 35 lines or less.
All entries not in compliance with category specifications or age range will be disqualified.
Winning poems may be read and honored in-person at our Annual Poet Tree Day awards ceremony on April 20, 2024.
Prize winners will be published on our website and the annual book of prize-winning poems. (entry implies acceptance of publication)—and if they are of minor age, permission of a legal guardian.
Poems may be submitted by individuals themselves, on their own initiative, or by their writing teachers, on behalf of students.
While teachers are welcome to submit work from an entire class, we prefer that to some degree they vet such entries and encourage students to send us their best writing.
All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning poems and poets will receive a certificate and cash prize, according to amounts specified in their categories.
Each poet is only permitted 1 poem each at this time.
We are charging a small fee of $2 per entry or $10 per classroom. Fees can be submitted through the form below or in person. Please be sure to identify the poet or classroom when submitting the fee to ensure proper application.
Grades 3-4; prizes1st, 2nd, 3rd: $15, $10, $5
Grades 5-6; prizes1st, 2nd, 3rd: $15, $10, $5
Grades 7-8; prizes1st, 2nd, 3rd: $15, $10, $5
Grades 9-12; prizes1st, 2nd, 3rd: $15, $10, $5
Adults; prizes1st, 2nd, 3rd: $20, $15, $10