Marin Poetry Center High School Poetry Contest Guidelines

Finalists will be published in the annual MPC High School Anthology and invited to read at our Gala Award Ceremony

First Prize $200
Second Prize $100
Third Prize $75

Students provide digital rather than paper submissions.




Submission Dates: November 1, 2020 – February 1, 2021

The contest is open to any high school student (grades 9-12) residing in the San Francisco Bay Area (not limited to 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 their class folder to:

Please address any questions to:

Submissions will be judged on:

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

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: