Poetry for the Planet Contest

March 16, 2010 by Deb Hanson · 2 Comments · Poetry

Photo courtesy of NASA

Photo courtesy of NASA

April is National Poetry Month and Earth Day Month, and we’re getting a head start on both by sponsoring our annual Poetry for the Planet poetry contest. You can win prizes, get published, and perform your poem at the VPAA Earth Day Ceremony on April 23rd.

Who can enter?  All VPAA students in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8
How Do I Enter a Poem?
1. Write an original poem celebrating the environment and/or Earth Day. It can be about the earth, its plants and animals, habitats, clean water, recycling, conserving wildlife or energy, climate change, eating locally grown food, how one person’s choices and actions can make a difference, the history of Earth Day, or anything that is related to caring for our home planet. This year is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

2. Your poem must be neatly handwritten or typed on an 8 ½ X 11 sheet of paper. Students are encourgaed to use the back of scrap paper to demonstrate resonsible re-use of our resources!

3. Your first and last name, your grade, and your homeroom teacher’s name must be on the back of your poem.

4. Turn the poem in to Mrs. Hanson or Mrs. Wilkes in the media centers no later than Friday, April 16th.

5. One winner and two runners-up will be selected for each grade level group, K – 2, 3 – 5, 6 – 8.

 How will my poem be judged?

VPAA 2010 Poetry for the Planet Judging Criteria
All poems in each age group will be judged using the following criteria. By reading the poem, it is evident that:

  • The poet knows and cares about the topic of the poem.
  • The poem evokes a response in the reader, appealing to emotions and/or intellect.
  • The poet uses language in a fresh way, avoiding clichés and forced rhymes.
  • The poet uses language precisely and economically.

 Scoring: Total of 100 points possible
A. Relevance to the theme – up to 25 points
Does the poem support the theme of “Earth Day”?

B. Innovation and Creativity – up to 25 points
Does the poem have a creative approach to the theme?
Does the poem use language in an interesting way (with no clichés or forced rhymes)?
Is the poem original (not plagiarized in any way)?

C. Judge’s Impression – up to 20 points

D. Fluency – up to 10 points
Smooth, flowing, written with ease, polished.

E. Poetic structure – up to 15 points
Does the poem follow the rules/format for the poetic form chosen (haiku, free verse, sonnet, etc.)?

F. Spelling – up to 5 points
Is proper spelling used in the poem?

 Criteria adapted from AFHE poetry contest www.afhe.org/resources/forms/2009_afhe_poetry_contest_judging_crit.pdf 

Here are some tips on writing poetry. Let the creativity flow. We look forward to many great entries to our contest this year :-)!

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  • Donna Guthrie

    “PAWS FOR POETRY” CONTEST INSPIRES KIDS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH BY WRITING ODES TO THEIR FAVORITE FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS
    April is National Poetry Month. The 3rd Annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest Challenges Kids to Write Sonnets to Spaniels, Prose for Persian Cats

    Colorado Springs, CO (March1, 2010) –April marks the 14th anniversary of National Poetry Month.
    To help celebrate, budding Emily Dickinsons and Edgar Allan Poes are encouraged to participate in the 3rd annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest (PawsforPoetry.org). To enter, children ages 5-12 are to write a poem to, and provide a photo of, their favorite animal friend. The contest is co-sponsored by kids’ virtual field trip Web site Meet Me at the Corner (MeetMeAtTheCorner.org) and Flashlight Press (FlashLightPress.com ).

    Original poems of any length may be submitted in one of two categories: Group One (ages 5-9) and Group Two (ages 10-12). One grand prize winner in each category will receive a prize package worth $50.00. Two runners-up in each category will receive a $25.00 gift package. Children’s author, poet, and Iraqi war veteran Thad Krasnesky, writer of the upcoming “That Cat Can’t Stay” (Flashlight Press, 2010) is the contest judge.

    In addition to the prize packages, winning poems and pet photos will be highlighted in an upcoming Meet Me at the Corner video pod cast. The pod cast will be videotaped at New York’s Angellicle Cat Rescue Center. Local students will present the winning poems.

    All submissions should be mailed to “Paws for Poetry” Contest, c/o Meet Me at the Corner, 20 West Del Norte, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908. The contest deadline is April 15, 2010.

    For more information, rules and submission guidelines, visit PawsforPoetry.org.

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