Ligonier Valley Writers’ 29th annual Student Poetry Contest for poets in grades 4 through 12 is now open to submissions. Cash prizes will be awarded at all grade levels in different forms of poetry, from haiku to free verse to rhymed forms.

If you're a kid who likes to write, give it a try. Homeschoolers are welcome.You can win up to $20 for your poem. The deadline for submitting your writing is March 11.


Students, teachers, and parents can get entry forms and contest rules by clicking on the button to the right or contacting LVW publicity director Judith Gallagher at or (724) 593-7294.

The awards ceremony for the winners of the Student Poetry Contest will take place on Saturday, April 25, at Barnes & Noble (5155 Route 30, Greensburg) at 4:00 p.m. 


Thirty cash awards will be handed out (first, second, and third prizes in each of nine categories, plus McGough Awards for three poems, the best of the best in each age group). Many students will read their winning poems aloud. They will also receive a booklet of all the winning poems. Last year there were more than 60 people in the audience cheering on LVW's student poets.

Help us celebrate the next generation of creativity in our region by supporting these talented young people. If you are a teacher or you know any teachers, please forward this email and attached entry form to give more students the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and winning prizes with their poems.

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