The rewards are publication, cash prizes, winners’ certificates, and valuable training in disciplined writing.

 If you like writing poetry for children and contests,
read on...

Writing to an editor’s specifications is the first hurdle that any writer must clear on the track to publication.

      Yet we hear repeatedly from editors that the majority of manuscripts they receive do not match their guidelines and specifications.

      That’s a huge waste of time and energy for both writers and editors.

      Writing contests also have exact specifications, and that’s why we encourage all writers to enter contests as often as they can. Contests are excellent professional training experiences. 

Get published and read by others 

      A winning entry can get you published, and often some healthy prize money too.

      The winning entries in this Poetry Contest will be announced in a March eNews newsletter.

      In addition, we will publish the winning entries our website.

Win one of five cash prizes

      The contest offers five cash prizes: $500 for the winner, $250 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places. These alone are a lot of good reasons to write and enter.

     To enter our Poetry Contest, submit a single poem, collection of poems, or a verse story for children of any age, up to 150 words. Entries may be serious or humorous, or take any poetic form.

      Winners will be selected on the quality of verseincluding rhythm, meter, word choice, word-play, imagery, and the use of other poetic devices (rhyme, alliteration, assonance, or others). Above all, the winning entries will have appeal for young readers.

Entries must be received by March 5, 2015

     Entries must be received by March 5, 2015. All entries pay a reading fee of $15, which includes a six-month subscription to Children’s Book Insider newsletter and a six-month membership in the writer’s community CBI Clubhouse*. Winners will be announced in a March eNews newsletter.


     The contest rules are important. Please read them carefully.


     Be sure to get your entry in on time.


     Now warm up your computer and write a poem or verse story of up to 150 words and win $500.00! Above all—have fun.

Obtain Official Entry Form or make online submission
Your online entry is encouraged.

If you choose to enter online, youll need to first save your manuscript to a file on your computer and submit it through our safe and secure entry page. When you have your entry ready, please submit your entry and reading fee at the same time.

Please click here to continue to the entry page on our website.

You will be directed to the section requiring the pre-payment of a $15 reading fee. The submission of the entry will follow the payment of the entry fee.

For Mail-in Entries:
To submit manuscript entries through the mail, please click here to obtain an entry form.

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