Space City Grand Slam This Saturday

Posted April 25, 2014 & filed under Contest, Event.


The spoken word event of the season takes place this Saturday at Discovery Green at 6:30 pm. The 21 top youth poets of Houston will compete for the 6 spots on the Meta-Four Houston team. Come out for the best in slam poetry. DJ Baby Roo will spin for the evening. The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee will announce the winners and award the trophies.

Mother’s Day Poetry Contest: Prompt #3

Posted April 22, 2014 & filed under Contest, Notebook.


The deadline for the student writing contest is Wednesday, April 23, 2014. KPRC and WITS have teamed up to sponsor a poetry contest for Houston kids in grades K-5. Post your poem on the WITS Houston facebook page with the tag #MomPoem2014 or email it to to enter. Complete guidelines are here. In case you’d like a prompt to get your poem going, here is one more idea:

Make a list of some of your favorite things you love to do. Be specific. If your list says “I love to eat” go back and add a specific food you love, for example, “I love to eat ice cold watermelon.”

Read This:

In the Summer

I like to eat red, yellow, and orange peppers

and drink warm tea and juice.

I like to play with my friends

in the trees, on the trampoline,


I like to do bathtub swimming

and listen to books

and snuggle with my mama.

By Sabrina, 5 years old

Now Try This:

Make a poem using your list of things you love to do. Try to use all five senses in this poem. End your poem with something you like to do with your mom.

Poetry Contest for High School Students

Posted April 14, 2014 & filed under Contest.

River Styx 2014 Founder’s Award

The River Styx Founder’s Award is an annual poetry contest for high school students. Winner recieves $150 prize, with full scholarship to the Medina Workshop for High School Students.

Submissions open now!

  • Entrants may include up to five original poems on separate pieces of paper.
  • Poems should be titled and should not include the student’s name on the poems themselves.
  • On a separate cover sheet, please include student poet’s name, titles of submissions, the poet’s age, grade, school, address, phone number, and e-mail.
  • Winners will be announced in the first week of May.

To enter, send your submission by May 1, 2014 to:

River Styx Founders Award
3547 Olive Street, Suite 107
St. Louis, MO 63103