Poetry Contest

Martin Luther King Jr. Day -Youth Poetry Contest

Grades 3rd - 12th

One entry per student.

Submissions and questions should be emailed to: rpreston@fountainhillsaz.gov

Email Submissions must include:

Email Subject “Poetry Competition”

Contact information (Name, Phone number, Age, Grade, and School)

All pieces must be original writing containing at least 15 words and at most 300 words.

Submissions will be accepted from Monday, December 11, 2023, until Monday, January 8, 2024.

Poetry submissions should explore how Dr. King's messages of kindness, acceptance, and compassion continue to influence our thoughts and actions in the face of injustice and inequality. We encourage young people to stay aware, actively engage with, and critically evaluate their surroundings. Similar to how Dr. King's famous words "I have a dream" still motivate many, we strongly believe that your words can also inspire those around you.

Optional writing prompts:

What does it mean to stand up for what you believe in?

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - How does kindness and acceptance shape our community for the better?

Judges will look for works that exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Winners, Ceremony & Prizes

One winner will be selected from each grade level category: 

3rd Grade – 5th Grade
6th Grade – 8th Grade
9th Grade – 12th Grade

On Wednesday, January 17, 2024 winners will read their pieces at the Town Council Meeting around 5:45 pm and will be presented with a $150 gift card.

Submissions and questions should be emailed to: rpreston@fountainhillsaz.gov

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