In an effort to encourage the youth of America in the pursuit of literary exploration and excellence, and to help provide a venue in which American High School students may share their poetic works; The Live Poets Society of New Jersey presents our annual, National High School Poetry Contest. We believe it may be beneficial to browse through our other webpages before you decide to enter this contest. That way you may have a better idea what we are about and what we are looking for.
All U.S. high school students are eligible to enter the poetry contest. That eligibility is continuous until June 30 of their senior year. Poems must be 20 lines or less (title and spaces between stanzas do not count), unpublished, the sole work of the entrant, and not be entered in any other concurrent contest. Only poems written in the English language can be judged. Foreign phrases are acceptable only with a translation provided. Only one poem per poet may be entered during any 90-day span. Estimated deadlines for each quarterly publication vary.