2016 Fundraiser: We depend on donations from our community to create a safe place for poetry online. This is the one time of year we ask, so thank you for considering a small donation to support our great work. Learn more about our story

My Year in Poetry Scholarship Slam

Wanna win $1,000 for college? Thought so. Keep reading to find out how.


Compare the person you are now to the person you were a year ago. Are you exactly the same? Didn't think so. Each day we experience new events, thoughts, and feelings that allow us to change and grow.

What shaped this past year for you?

We want to know what happened this past year that had a major impact on you. Take time to reflect. Did you have a personal epiphany? Get super into politics because of the election? Or did you discover a cause that you have a true passion for? Tell us in a poem what affected you this past year and why, for your chance to win.

Note: This is a sweepstakes scholarship. That means a winner will be chosen from a random drawing.


  1. The basic requirements are this: (1) you are 25 years of age (or younger), and (2) you are a current or former high school student who will attend or is attending college within the U.S. or its territories.
  2. Add an original poem to Power Poetry by Friday, January 20, 2017. You'll need to register as a member of our community first. 

Got questions? Our scholarship FAQ and contest rules should have the answers. If they don't, feel free to contact us.



Partner Twitter: 


WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
Stuck in the land of Hell, seized by Hades Trapped far down deep in a cave filled with moss and green I am Waiting
5 hours 30 min ago
My dog died this year.
7 hours 5 min ago
This is how to be a girl How to cook and clean and sew How to be looked at,
7 hours 45 min ago
The ocean is tricky, and messy, and vast.  The ocean has no idea of the past,  the ocean can be cruel in this way; 
8 hours 28 min ago
It’s hard, It's hard to find your identity if you are the only black girl in the snow.
9 hours 20 min ago