Parkmont Poetry Festival
"A poem is a hammer, beating in its words, forcing us to listen."
This young poet's words caught the attention of a Parkmont Poetry Festival judge a few years back, and the poem was included among the winners for that year. Each year for the past 31 years the Parkmont School has been celebrating the creative talents of the District of Columbia's middle and secondary school students by sponsoring the Parkmont Poetry Festival.
2016 Parkmont Poetry Festival
The 34th Parkmont Poetry Festival Awards Ceremony and Poetry Reading will be held at the Sidwell Friends School Robert Smith Meeting Room, 3825 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016, on Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Deadline for poetry submissions is March 4, 2016 .
Eligibility, Submission & Deadline Details:
- Open to students living or attending school in the District of Columbia
in Grades 6-12
- Limit of 2 poems per student
- Type poems or use black pen
- Please fill out the Poetry Entry Form and include it with your poem so that we have the student's name, home phone, school, grade, and teacher's name. Download the form here.
- Deadline for entering poems is: March 4, 2016 .
- Poems published in the Festival Book
- $40 Gift Certificate
- Festival tee-shirt
Send poems to:
4842 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
An example of one of our winning poems:
by Mitchel Tolar, Grade 8, Charles Hart Middle School
In my neighborhood
little kids are birds singing
songs of laughter
they’ll lose when they get older.
Some people run like cheetahs
in a field, but others stand stiff
as any old tree
Please contact Kim Schraf, Festival Coordinator, at 202.726.0740 ext 306 for more information. The Poetry Festival is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.