Please contact the Contest Coordinator at contests@hslda.org with any questions. We love your feedback!



The Poetry Contest has closed. Check back in February for next contest!

Poetry Contest Guidelines

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


Poem Format

  • View the themes for this year’s contest and write a poem on the theme for your age category.
  • Type your poem single-spaced in at least 10-point font. Double-space between stanzas. Visit our FAQs if you have questions about typing for younger students.
  • Creatively title your poem using whatever font and font size strikes your fancy!
  • Print two copies of your poem.
    • If your poem takes two pages, please do not print double-sided.
    • Please do not staple.
  • You may submit up to 3 different poems per contest.

How to Enter:

Entering is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Fill out the Entry Form online to be issued an Entry ID number. Fill out an online Entry Form for each poem. You do not need to print this.

  2. On both copies of your poem, type or write your Entry ID number on the top right corner and your Age Category number on the top left corner:



  3. Mail your poem and entry fee, payable to HSLDA. Remember to include an entry fee for each poem – they may be combined onto one check. Mail to:

  4. HSLDA
    Attn: Poetry Contest
    PO Box 3000
    Purcellville, VA 20134


Prizes

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 www.HomeSchoolFoundation.org.


Entry Fee:

Multiple entries may be mailed in the same envelope 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: contests@hslda.org

Judging and Other Information:

  • 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.
  • 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.