Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Contest. 2017 marks our fourteenth year hosting this event!
Teens in grades 7-12 from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, and out-of-region library cardholders, are invited to submit their original poetry online between April 1-15, with a maximum of two entries per person.
Winners will be selected from participants in two categories - grades 7-9 and grades 10-12 - and will be chosen anonymously by faculty from the University of Mary Washington: Amanda Rutstein, Adjunct English Instructor, and Laura Bylenok, Assistant Professor of English.
Winning poets will be awarded cash prizes and invited to read their work at the Claudia Emerson Teen Poetry Night.