Please contact the Contest Coordinator at with any questions. We love your feedback!

Poetry Contest Guidelines

Submission Dates: March 1st–May 1st
Entries must be postmarked on or before May 1st.

Format and Submissions:

  • Students may submit three (3) different poems.
  • Poems should be typed in at least 10 point font and single-spaced, with a double space between stanzas. 
  • Creatively title each poem.  Title size and font are unrestricted.
  • For two-page poems, please do not print double-sided.  
  • Type the student’s Entry ID on the top of each page. This number will be found on your Entry Form Confirmation message. NO OTHER identification should appear on these pages, to ensure the judging is anonymous.
  • Mail two copies of each poem.

Entry Fees and Forms:

To enter, fill out the Entry Form on the Enter the Contest page. Each student may enter up to 3 poems. Each poem requires a separate Entry Fee and Entry Form. Multiple entries may be mailed in the same envelope (two copies of each poem) and the multiple entry fees may be included on one check.

Regular Entry Fee $15.00 per poem
HSLDA Member Discounted Entry Fee $10.00 per poem

Please pay via check or money order made payable to "HSLDA" with a note of "Poetry Contest" in the memo line.  Foreign checks not accepted.  Contact the Contest Coordinator if you have any questions regarding payment:

Mail Poem (2 copies) and Entry Fees to:

Attn: Poetry Contest
PO Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134


Contest winners will receive a cash congratulations, plus a wonderful transcript booster!

Category 1 2 3
1st Place $100 $150 $200
2nd Place $75 $100 $150
3rd Place $50 $50 $100
Honorable Mentions (2) $25 $25 $50

Where the Contest Profits Go

All contest profits go to our charitable arm, the Home School Foundation, which uses them to provide low-income homeschooling families with access to educational and legal resources to help them continue homeschooling.

To learn about the mission and funds of the Home School Foundation, visit their website at


  • Poems will be evaluated by a panel of judges appointed by HSLDA.
  • Poems will be judged on originality of thought, writing style, artistic use of poetic techniques, and adherence to the theme and form requirements. Poetry judging is relatively subjective, but it is our goal through a wide panel of judges to select winning poems that demonstrate excellence in all these areas. For more information, check out Hear It From the Judges.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

Other Information:

  • All contest participants will be notified of the results by email this summer before they are published on the website.
  • By submitting a poem you:
    • grant Home School Legal Defense Association the right to publish all or part of your submission.
    • agree to all rules and the decisions of the judges and sponsors.
  • Home School Legal Defense Association is not responsible for any lost, damaged, misdirected, delayed, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, or postage-due entries or mail.