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Enter KidsPost’s annual poetry contest


Kids­Post wants your poetry for our 2014 poetry contest, which started Sunday. The entries are rolling in, but have you sent yours?

Here are the rules:

●The contest is open to ages 5 to 14. Kids must submit an original poem (that means you must have written it yourself) of any length on any subject. Each child may submit only one poem. Poems can be illustrated, but that is not required.

●You need to have an adult (a parent, guardian or teacher) send us your entry. On each entry, the adult should include your name, age and home town as well as the name, e-mail address and phone number of the adult submitting the entry. A note from the adult giving permission for you to enter the contest is also required. A teacher can give permission for an entire class if parental permission has been obtained.

●The adult should fill out our online form, which can be found at Entries can also be sent to Kids­Post Poetry Contest, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on March 24.

●Poems will be judged by the KidsPost staff and children’s poets Jon J. Muth and Kwame Alexander.

Winning poems will be published in the April 27 edition of KidsPost and on If your poem is published, you will receive a prize package that includes a KidsPost T-shirt and a poetry book.

Winners will be invited to share their poems at a poetry reading May 16 at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington.

If you have questions about the contest, e-mail them to

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