POETEST 2023   


Poems must be your original work, currently unpublished, and in English. Please limit your submission to 39 lines of single-spaced text for form poems. Entries may reflect current vernacular and moods, but the jury reserves the right to reject offensive material. Finalists chosen to perform their work will be contacted by email.


The jury will be composed of experts and professionals, including professors of English and published poets.


Open to current public high school students and recent graduates from Washington, D.C., Montgomery County, and Prince George's County.
(All participants and their families must provide proof of vaccination at the check-in desk)

Entrants must be currently enrolled or a recent graduate from one of three listed public school districts. Please complete registration and submit your work by following this link: Registration and Submission  Finalists will be contacted by email.  
Submission deadline:  April 8, 2023

  May 20, 2023

Poets should arrive by 12:00 p.m. Judging begins at 1:00 p.m. Finalists will perform before a jury in the auditorium at Clubhouse II: 3300 North Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring, Md.  20906

1st place-$500; 2nd place-$250; 3rd place-$100; Honorable Mention-$20
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