If you are planning to enter a poem in this year’s contest, you may wish to begin by watching the slideshow entitled “What the Judges Look for in Poetry.” It explains and illustrates the judging criteria used in the contest, and it points out what to avoid when you are writing poetry. Once you have in mind the kind of writing that the poetry judges value, you will be ready to look for an idea or a poetic form that will fit an idea that you already have. Simply click on the links below to begin exploring this section of the website.

Poetry Ideas