Parkmont School • 4842 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20011 • Telephone: 202.726.0740
Parkmont Poetry Festival
News! One of our 2014 Festival winners went on to win the Anacostia Watershed Prize, and then was featured on Ted Talks, where she recited that winning poem. Enjoy listening to the talents of one of our brilliant Washington youth here.

Help support the Parkmont Poetry Festival

Gifts in any amount welcome!

$100 Haiku
$250 Sonnet
$500 Villanelle
$1,000 Epic Poem

2014 Poetry Festival Winners Click here to read the winning poems from 2014's festival!

I’m going to a world unimaginable
Probably Europe
Mexico, maybe?
I don’t know
I see an aisle
I see children
Where am I going?
I’m going to die
But, not yet
I’m going to college
But, not yet
I’m going to dinner with my class of 2020
But, not yet
I’m going to concerts,
Or the movies with friends
But, not yet
I’m going to fall head-over-heels for some boy
But he’s not here yet
I’m going places
Different places
A lot of places
But, right now
I’m here

Amanda Hillware, Grade 9
Emerson Preparatory School

Parkmont Poetry Festival
Parkmont Students Parkmont Students Parkmont Students Parkmont Students

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:
Parkmont School
4842 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
or email to

An example of one of our winning poems:

The Zoo

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.

© 2011 Parkmont School