(Alla Dreyvitser/The Washington Post)

There once was a famous young poet

Who was talented and boy did she know it

With words she played games

Of puns she wasn’t ashamed

If this sounds like you, now show it.

This lame limerick can mean only one thing: It’s time for KidsPost’s annual poetry contest in honor of National Poetry Month (April).

Here’s what you need to know to enter:

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

●All entries must include: the child’s name, age, home town and a phone number where a parent or guardian can be reached. Each entry must also include permission from a parent or guardian to enter the contest (or from a teacher if an entire class is submitting entries).

●Entries can be e-mailed to kidspost@washpost.com (please put “poetry contest” in the subject line). They can also be sent to KidsPost Poetry Contest, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.

Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Monday, March 26.

●Poems will be judged by the KidsPost staff. Winning poems will be published in the April 22 edition of KidsPost. If your poem is published, you will receive a prize package including a KidsPost T-shirt and a poetry book. Winners will be invited to share their poems at a poetry reading at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington.

We can’t wait to read your entries. If you have any questions, you can e-mail them to kidspost@washpost.com .