Marin Poetry Center High School Poetry Contest Guidelines

Students provide digital rather than paper submissions. Guidelines below.

How teachers can help:

  • If an interested teacher at your school isn’t cc’d, please forward this info.
  • If possible, plan your poetry unit during the contest submission period.
  • Talk to students about the contest to stimulate interest.
  • Turn a class poetry writing assignment into contest submissions.
  • Submit poems created for slam or other poetry clubs.
  • Post the attached contest Guidelines in your classroom.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at:


Submission Dates:

The contest is open to any high school student (grades 9-12) residing in Marin County.

Submissions are limited to 3 poems per student.

Poems should be no longer than a single page using a 12-point plain font.

For each poem submitted, create a separate 2-page document.

Page 1 is the poem. The student’s name should not appear wiht their poem.

Page 2 should include the following information:

  • Name
  • Address including city and zip code
  • Home phone
  • Cell phone
  • Email
  • Grade level
  • Name of school
  • Name of English teacher

Students use Google Docs to submit poems to their English teacher.

Each English teacher collects their students’ poems in a folder. The folder name should include the teacher’s name and the name of the school.

At the end of the submission period each teacher will send his or her class folder to:

Please address any questions to:

Submissions will be judged on:

  • Courage of expression
  • Originality of language
  • Skill in poetic technique