You Only Write Once Scholarship Slam - CLOSED


It's rare that we hear of #YOLO and "classy" in the same sentence. After all, they are total opposites...right? At Power Poetry, we think It's time to class up #YOLO, so we're launching a new scholarship slam called #YOWO: You Only Write Once (for this scholarship slam).
Of course we hope you won't ONLY write once! By #YOWO, we mean you should make your words count. Write about anything in your life, school, community, country or the world that matters to you. This is about being heard--for the chance to win $1,000 for your education.

If you need inspiration, check out our action and tip guides for your #YOWO poem.


  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 who will attend/is attending college within the U.S. or its territories, and (3) a submitted original poem with the poetry slam tag You Only Write Once Scholarship Slam.
  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 January 31, 2014.
  4. Check out our FAQ if you have any questions about the contest.
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WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
“I don’t know.” That’s my answer to every important question I’ve ever heard. “Don’t you know what you want to be?
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I am a masterpiece. An instrument crafted in silver by the skilled Creator Who made Heart beat
2 hours 8 min ago
It's not exactly hard being alone it's just hard being alone around other people that's what I tell myself anyways
4 hours 17 min ago
Frightening being in a strangers home
6 hours 24 min ago
Jaded and broken. Quiet, not outspoken. Almost ended it, without a sinle benefit. Crying every night.
8 hours 45 min ago