Q. How does one enter your student poetry
A. Students may enter
online through our website or through school. A number of
teachers submit their classes' work on an annual basis. There is no
entry fee to enter our Student Poetry Contest.
Q. Is this a local contest?
A. Our Student Poetry Contest is
nationwide, with four divisions for students in grades 3-12. Each year we
receive several thousand submissions.
Q. What about prizes?
A. There are two types of prizes
awarded in our Student Poetry Contest. The first is based on
poetic merit. Prizes are awarded to first, second, and third place in
each division with one grand prize awarded to first place overall.
These prizes include monetary prizes ranging from $50.00 to
$500.00, and America Library of Poetry certificates of achievement.
The second type is selected at random based on participation, and may
be awarded to any student who has shown the initiative to submit their
work. These prizes include a laptop computer, tablet, or iPod touch, gift cards and "School's Out" Shopping
Spree, which is awarded as a cash prize or gift card.
Q. How are winners notified?
A. Names of division winners will be
announced on September 30th and posted on our website along with their
winning entries. Names of random prize winners will also be posted on
30th. All winners will be notified by mail, email or telephone. All
prizes will be awarded by mail. To view the most recent list of winners,
please click here.
Who judges the poetry?
or those of the members of our review committee. Most have been
affiliated with the America Library of Poetry for ten years or more with
backgrounds in English, Literature, Journalism, and Child Education.
Q. What if a student's name, address, or poem title is
misspelled or does not appear correctly in the letter regarding the
contest and being published?
A. Within the
author's release and order form found on the second page of the letter,
we have provided a space in which to make any necessary corrections.
Simply use this space, and we will update the information upon receiving
it in the mail. If you are using a blank (not pre-printed) release form,
please make a note of the correction so we can make the needed changes.
Q. Does everyone receive
the same letter, or do you offer to publish everyone?
A. No; Some letters simply explain how the
contest is judged, when winners will be announced, etc. We realize that
we are working with amateur student poets, and we try to be encouraging
as possible, but we simply cannot publish all the poetry we receive. In
fact, only about twenty percent of our authors will be published in one
of our compilations.
Q. When are the deadlines?
The deadline is every April 30th for the postmark date. The contest rules
can be read
entry forms can be downloaded for printing
If you are an educator, and have recently missed the deadline for
submitting your students' poetry, please
email us as we may still
be able to accept them.
Publication / Release and Order Forms:
Q. What if a student misplaces the release
and order form?
A. You may download
and print another
release and order form.
Q. What if a student misses the deadline
for publishing? Can the student still be in the book?
The student could still be published.
Release forms and orders which are received too late for inclusion in
the current book will
automatically be rolled over into the next year's book.
For the book Futures, please
click here for more information.
Q. Is there any
physical difference between the initial author's copy and one of the
There is no physical difference in any of the books. Initial
"Author's Copy" and "Additional Copies" are terms used on the
order form to define how the discount is offered. The initial book
purchased is $32.95 and referred to as an "Author's Copy" as this is for
whom it is usually ordered. Any subsequent copies are referred to as
"Additional Copies" which are discounted to $25 each. If a family has
more than one student being published, we suggest having each student
sign their respective form, stapling them together and simply using the
top form to place the order. That way, both poems will be published,
and the discounted rate will be applied beginning with the second book
purchased. Shipping and handling is $7 regardless of quantity ordered.
Does a student have to buy the book to remain in the contest or release
a poem for publishing?
A. There is no cost to
enter our student poetry contest and whether or not a book is purchased
has no bearing on placement in the competition. Purchasing a book is
optional. To release a poem for publication, simply fill out the
author's release portion and mail it by the author's deadline. To
purchase a copy of the book, include the correct payment amount, and the
author's release form doubles as an order form. When payment is
enclosed, it is considered both a release and an order.
What does the book look like?
A. Every book
we produce is of the highest quality. The student poetry compilation is
approximately a 224 page 9 x 6 book, soft laminate cover in full color,
perfect bound, with poetry arranged according to grade level. A complete
index of authors including names and page numbers is found
in the back of the book. All books are backed by a no-risk 30 day money
back guarantee. If a book is found to be unsatisfactory in any way it
may be returned and the buyer shall be issued a prompt refund of
full purchase price and shipping cost.
How can I verify you received my book order?
A. Please visit the
order status webpage starting 15 business days after
you mail your order. Depending on mail delivery
and processing times, it can take up to 20 business days before your
order may show as received. Please check back often to verify receipt.
When should I receive my book order?
A. All delivery dates below are
dependent on the prior receipt of a release form and publication of the
requested author's poem:
For orders placed by
You may expect your books to arrive in December
before the holidays.
placed during October 1-December 1st:
You may expect your books to arrive in late January.
placed anytime after December 1st:
You may expect your books to arrive in 4-8 weeks.
Q. How do students see their poems on your
A. Only the
poems written by the contest winners are automatically added to our
website. We do not publish all poems received on our website.
Q. To which address should I mail my poem or release form?
Contest Entries To:
c/o The America Library of Poetry
P.O. Box 978
Houlton, ME 04730
(All mailed entries must include entry forms.)
UPS and FedEx will not deliver to a PO Box.
Please use this address instead:
39 Court Street # 978
Houlton, ME 04730
For further inquiries, please visit
the links below.