Why I Write Scholarship (CLOSED)

This slam is now closed. 

No further submissions will be considered.



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.


  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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WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
Just to breath Just to believe From opening your eyes every day To the path we lay
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There's something really wonderful About not being able to breathe About your muscles ripping
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My hair is something that I hope he fell in love with second
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What a wondeful man we never met! Ancestors telling us stories that we don't get. Not having hope to live anymore,
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it's not just the simple things the gasps between breathless laughter or the anticipation before fireworks
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