Student Contests

Poetry in Schools

Poetry in Schools remains one of the Poetry Society of Texas’ most successful programs. It is one of the largest student competitions among all the state members of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. The competition is sustained by donors who give $25.00 or more as contest sponsors. The program also welcomes donations of support from those who do not wish to sponsor contests. For information about the competition or to become a sponsor and/or donor contact the chairperson.

Ann Howells, Corresponding Secretary
1621 Brighton Drive
Carrollton, Texas 75007

Student Awards

Poetry Society of Texas has a long history of recognizing student poets, and since 1989 the society has offered contests for students from first grade through college and produced an anthology of the winning poems. These collections are awarded to the winning poets and are the main item on which the donor money is spent. The student festival is held each year in April or May and awards are presented to the top three winning students in each category. Students who are present read their prize poems. From entries in the annual contest of the society, poems are selected for two national contests, The Manningham Award and Student Award. These two contests often recognize the writing of Texas students.

2018 Student Awards

The Poetry Society of Texas offered 80 student awards for grades one through college in 2018. There were 3600 entries received from 43 schools, and 1st through 5th places named in each contest. Winners were presented in a ceremony held April 28, 2018 at the Dallas Public Library Main Auditorium. More than 150 people attended. Those present read their award-winning poems and received a copy of the 30th and final annual anthology of award winners, a publication produced by the student program since 1989. Thirty one-year memberships were given to students.

The Poetry Society of Texas also entered 20 entries in the 2017 Manningham Awards of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. Each state is limited to 20 entries. In the senior level Texas received first place.  The winner was Katherine Rosendale of Plano, a student at Plano East Senior High School.  Ms. Rosendale’s teacher was Diane Porter.

In the NFSPS Annual Student Award, Texas took four prizes.  Ava Berger of Dallas was second.  Alexandra Evans of Denison was third and Amanda Lee of Frisco was first honorable mention.  Macklin Griffin of Dallas received third honorable mention

Following the dissolution of the 30 year-old program, the board established a new 10 contest format for the autumn of 2018.  With the establishment of this contest, student poems will be published in A Book of the Year and awards will be presented at the annual awards banquet along with the adult awards.

To view full contest rules and categories, please click below.


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