Polishing poem

So late into the evening

Missed contest deadline

We don’t want you to write this poem (or even something much better) on Tuesday. The KidsPost annual poetry contest ends on Monday, so put the finishing touches on your poem and attach it to our form on kidspost.com or mail it to Kids­Post Poetry Contest, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014.

The contest is open to kids ages 5 to 14. One original poem (that means it must be written by you) per person. Parental permission is required. Complete contest rules can be found at kidspost.com. If you have questions, e-mail them to kidspost@washpost.com.

For those who have already sent in your poem, we have another poetry-related opportunity for you.

The Academy of American Poets — that’s the organization that established April as National Poetry Month — has a new project called Poet-to-Poet.

The academy videotaped seven poets reading a poem they wrote and also explaining what inspired them to write it. (The poems’ themes include basketball, an owl and the human skeleton.)

Kids in grades three through 12 are asked to watch one or more of the videos and write a poem in response.

Send your poem to poet2poet@poets.org by April 30. Entries should include your name and the name of the poet who inspired your poem. The academy will publish a selection of the student poems on Poets.org in May.