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2nd Annual Poet Tree Day

Theme: "Be-Leaf in Yourself"

Contest Rules 2023

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Ends on March 11, 2023


  • Deadline: March 11, 2023, 5:00 p.m.

  • All entries must be in English, typed, unpublished, original, and not scheduled for publication before May 2023.

  • All poems are presented anonymously to the judges.

  • Submit one copy of each poem. Enter the category by email 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 22, 2023.

  • 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.



We are not currently charging entry fees. However, you may make a loving donation to CLC to support our Poet Tree Day event through the form below. Your support helps us continue to offer such wonderful opportunities in our community!

Contest Categories:

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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

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