This year for National Poetry Month the Academy of American Poets is sponsoring a competition called the Dear Poet Project. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to write letters to poets who are featured in a special selection of YouTube videos. The poets include Naomi Shihab-Nye, Edward Hirsch, Toi Derricotte, and Juan Felipe Herrera. For more information about this project, click here. The deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2015.