Sarah Mook Poetry Contest for Students (Grades K-12)
This is the thirteenth year for the Sarah Mook Poetry Contest, and we are so grateful for your support. Postmark deadline for entries is March 31, 2017.
Cash awards are $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize in each of four categories: kindergarten through second, third through fifth, sixth through eighth, and ninth through twelfth.
A fund was established by Sarah's family specifically for the purpose of funding these awards.
An optional donation of $5.00 is appreciated. Those donations are given in Sarah’s name to a designated charity. Thanks to your generosity a gift of $520 was made to Save the Children. This highly rated charity provides a variety of programs for children, including emergency services. Salam Neighbor, a documentary film about a Syrian refugee camp, shows an activity center for children too traumatized to attend a regular school. I was very moved to see that center is run by Save the Children. All optional donations payable to Sarah Mook Outreach Fund will be given again this year to Save the Children. Thank you!
While cash awards and charitable giving are important, the purpose of the contest and the focus of our effort is always the young poets and their poems. One teacher wrote: "This year my most 'troubled' students wrote with their soul!" A parent wrote: "You should know that this experience strengthened ... [my son's] belief in his writing and inspired him to write more." These testimonials affirm the power of poetry, the value of the mission of Sarah's contest, as well as the value of each poet and each poem written. Careful consideration is given to all poems submitted, and the finalist’s poems are read numerous times before any decisions are made. Final judge Marie Kane takes great care in judging each poem and provides a detailed commentary on the poetic merits of each of the winning poems. Previous winners and runners-up are allowed to enter again (as they often have over the years) provided they use different poems.
RULES FOR THE CONTEST:
1. Enter up to TWO POEMS (No more) of the STUDENT’S ORIGINAL WORK. Poems can be of any length, on any subject, and in any style. Poems should be typed or word-processed.
2. Please include a SEPARATE COVER SHEET with the student's name, grade, school name (HOME SCHOOLERS WELCOME) and the poem titles. The student's name, address, or school should not appear on the poems themselves.
3. To promote fairness, any student whose poems have been previously read by our final judge Marie Kane in this contest or any other is advised to submit different poems. Entries will not be selected if recognized by the judge.
5. Teachers: When submitting a class set of poems, please include your name, address and contact information for the school, list of student names, their poem titles, grade level for each student, and a self-addressed-stamped-envelope or email address to receive the results.
Please note that a donation is optional. All poems received will be eligible for prizes. However, entries must be POSTMARKED by March 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in late May.
Winning poems from previous years (2010 through 2016) including judge's comments can be viewed on the website: www.sarahmookpoetrycontest.com.
Mail entries to: Sarah Mook Poetry Prize
896 Ferncliff Road
Poultney, VT 05764
Thank you. We look forward to reading your poems!
David Mook and Family