Announcing the Monitor's eighth annual student poetry contest! You may submit up to three poems - you choose the subject. Remember to keep the focus of your poem narrow and your descriptions specific.
Anyone in preschool through high school is eligible. Entries must be postmarked (or submitted online) by Friday, Nov. 28. Send your poems to:
The Home Forum, Young Poets Contest
The Christian Science Monitor, P02-20
One Norway Street
Boston, MA 02115
If you'd like us to send you this year's free 'I'm a poet' button, be sure to enclose a self-addressed, stamped (49 cents) envelope with your entry. We'll publish the winning poems in early December.
Visit the poetry site for writing tips and to read more poems from previous years.
You can also download and print out an 8-1/2 X 11" color poster announcing this contest on the link at the right.
Here are some previous winning poems:
Dreading it all day
only once in a lifetime
Is it my birth mom?
Do I look like her?
Is she tall, skinny, short, pretty?
I am so anxious
People playing drums
firecrackers all night long
buildings all lit up
She is so pretty
I wish I could've had more time
even though it was pouring
I feel so lucky
related to someone alive
What about my birth dad?
I am still BEAMING!
Never will forget that day
My heart divided
Winner in 2000
hip to hip
down the hallway
big black boots
Winner in 2000
What is the ocean?
A cycle, a force.
A routine of waves moving in and out.
A landscape with no explanation,
changing its mind from day to day.
I too change like currents,
shallow and deep at the same time.
Dark and gloomy on some days,
bright and joyful on others.
There is an ocean inside of me.
And in you?
Winner in 2001
The apples are red, yellow, and gold
One for me, and one for you
Let's divide them all by two!
After that we see the trees
Enjoy the sights before they freeze!
The leaves are red, yellow, and gold
The trees are mossy, big, and old
Hurry home, it's getting cold.
Winner in 2002