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The World & Me Student Poetry Contest

Elementary, middle, and high school students are invited to submit up to 3 poems to this writing contest sponsored by Split This Rock. We ask students to pick a topic which relates their lives to the world on a larger scale. What issues do you care deeply about? How do you see yourself in relation to the world? Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community or world; poems of provocation and witness.

The 2015 World & Me Student Poetry Contest

The top 3 winners from each category will receive prizes and be celebrated at an awards ceremony where they will be invited to read their work in front of a live audience of family and friends.

  • There are two categories for submissions: those by students 12 and under, and those 13-18 years old.
  • Students can submit 1-3 poems, each 2 pages or less.
  • All work must be original and by author. NO PLAGIARISM!
  • Poems must relate to the theme.
  • Poems will be judged on originality, skill of writing, creativity, and relation to The World & Me theme.
  • Deadline for submissions is October 13, 2015.


This theme can be interpreted broadly and may include but is not limited to work addressing politics, economics, government, war, leadership; issues of identity (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, body image, immigration, heritage, etc.); community, civic engagement, education, activism; and poems about history, cultural icons, or injustice generally.

Open to all students regardless of city, state, or country of residence.

Step 1: Click link below.

Step 2: Sign up for Submittable (it's free and easy, trust us.)

Step 3: Fill out information. You will be asked for name, age, address, email, phone number, and school.

Step 4: Attach Poems to Submittable.

Step 5: Submit application.

Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see above).


For more information, email