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Poetry Contest 2015

Submission Dates: March 1st through May 1st 2015.

Entries must be postmarked by May 1st. We receive a high volume of entries around this date, so if you submit a poem toward the end of the submission period, please be patient. We will notify you via email when we process your entry!

HSLDA invites homeschooled* students to write a poem based on the theme prompts below. Each student may submit 3 different poems.

Submission Dates: March 1st through May 1st 2015

Entries must be postmarked by May 1st. We receive a high volume of entries around this date, so if you submit a poem toward the end of the submission period, please be patient. We will notify you via email when we process your entry!

HSLDA invites homeschooled* students to write a poem based on the theme prompts below. Each student may submit 3 different poems.

* For the purposes of this contest, an eligible student must have received a majority of his or her education in the past year through home education. The staff and immediate family members of HSLDA and all related entities (PRO, HSF, GenJ) are not eligible to participate in contests sponsored by HSLDA or any of the related entities.

Themes:

Category 1: Ages 7-10 as of April 1st
“Green Eggs and Ham”

Dr. Seuss’s poem “Green Eggs and Ham” has become an American favorite, beloved for its humorous repetition and wacky illustrations.  Read the excerpt below and write a new, creative continuation of this zany poem, picking up right from where the excerpt leaves off!

Assignment: Keep the original rhyme scheme of AABB and keep your poem’s length to no more than 6 quatrains.

Category 2: Ages 11-14 as of April 1st
“Jabberwocky”

In 1871, Lewis Carroll published one of the best known English nonsense poems in his fanciful sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Titled “Jabberwocky,” the poem uses nonsense words and whimsical language to transport Alice and all of its readers to a mythical land where strange creatures dwell. Carroll paints an unreal world using unreal words, but in doing so, he leaves a very real impression of mystery and mythology that brings the story vividly to life in the imagination!

Assignment: Be creative in a similar way: write a poem of similar length (5-7 quatrains) and rhyme pattern (ABAB or ABCB) that takes place in a fun, perhaps mysterious, new world!  Incorporate some of the techniques Carroll used, including made-up vocabulary, neologisms, words with strong visual impact, and rich creativity of expression and idea.

Category 3: Ages 15-19 as of April 1st
“To My Valentine”

With his characteristic humorous flair, American poet Ogden Nash uses unexpected metaphors and atypical expressions to convey his nonetheless powerful love in his poem “To My Valentine.”  Think outside the box to do the same: defy clichés and write a modern-sounding poem that expresses a positive emotion in an uncharacteristic way.  Let your choice of vocabulary, metaphors, examples, theme, and/or the very emotion expressed be laced with originality.

Assignment: Follow Nash’s rhyme pattern (ABAB or ABCB) and keep your poem’s length between 5 and 7 quatrains.

Prizes:

Cash congratulations, plus a wonderful transcript booster!

Visit the HSLDA website for information about how to enter. Good luck!

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