Why I Write Scholarship (CLOSED)

This slam is now closed. 

No further submissions will be considered.

 

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Submit a poem about what poetry means to you for your chance to win $1,000 to put towards your college education.


Karina, one of the poets featured in To Be Heard wrote in her poem, "I am a poet, I live to write." Percy Shelley, a classic poet, once compared poetry to a mirror because it reflects the true thoughts and emotions of the author. Our own founder, Roland, said we write so we can express and empower ourselves.

Do you remember when you first realized that writing poetry was a good way to express yourself and reflect your deepest thoughts? Obviously writing poetry is important to you (you wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t!), but the reasons for writing differ for every poet. Here’s a chance for you to share a poem about how poetry came to be a part of your life story. Submit a poem about what poetry means to you for your chance to win $1,000 to put towards your college education.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Make sure you're eligible by checking out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and the contest rules. Basic requirements? (1) 25 years of age (or younger), (2) a current or former high school student in the U.S. who will attend or is attending college in the U.S., and, (3) a submitted poem.
  2. Become a Power Poet by registering to be a part of our community. Look at previous winners, Action Guides and other poems for inspiration.  
  3. Add an original poem to Power Poetry by August 15, 2013.
  4. Check our FAQ if you have any questions about the contest.  
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Submissions

WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
When I read this and when you do too, you will think... How can I be so stupid to not be able to control this feeling
1 day 15 hours ago
The sad And the broken. They cry. They cut. They kill.  They beg, They plead,
1 day 20 hours ago
A single change in power I can produce, Would be the only one needed to open the sluice,
3 days 13 hours ago
If I had the ability to change anything  I’d change the world
3 days 13 hours ago
Within My Community They Place Value On Looking Like Young, Rich, Negras, They Place Value On "Jobs" But Overlook The Grind For A "Caree
3 days 16 hours ago