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Youth Poetry Contest - Encourage Creative Writing!

The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Invites YOU to participate in the NGC YOUTH POETRY CONTEST. The theme for the 2017-2018 poetry contest is "Let it Grow" The 2018-2019 theme is "Pop Goes the Seed." Excite and encourage our Youth to express and explore their creative thoughts through different types of poetry. NGC's Poetry Contest enables our Youth to embrace their creativity through the art of writing. Be imaginative and join the winners to see their poetry in a printed booklet!

Nicholas James, a Kindergarten student in 2015 was a National, Deep South, and State winner!


  • Special Education and English as a second language: Kindergarten through 9th Grade
  • General Education: Kindergarten through Ninth Grade.

Dates for Submission

  • Club entries must be sent to YOUR State Youth Chairman; observe your State Deadline.
  • State Winners must be sent to Regional Chairman by February 1.
  • Regional Winners must be sent to National Chairman by March 1.

Contest Rules

  • All entries must be typed and titled.
  • Include name, address, age, grade, and school of participant on the back of entry.
  • Sponsoring garden club and state garden club must also be identified.
  • All entries become the property of NGC.
  • Poems do not have to rhyme.
  • Poems may be traditional verse, acrostics, blank verse, cinquains, diamond poems, or Haiku.
  • Have one person from the sponsoring club send entries with his or her name, address, email address and telephone number included in the packet of entries.

Click on your district to access a sheet of labels. One label should be affixed to the back of each poetry entry. Complete the required information before submitting poems to your District Poetry Chairman.

Laurel labels - Azalea labels - Oleander labels - Camellia labels
Magnolia labels - Dogwood labels - Redbud labels

Phoenix James is a current 3rd Grade 2016 National, Deep South, and State winner!

Marion Clark, a 4th Grade student in 2015 was a National, Deep South, and State winner!

Scale of Points

  • Title: 10%
  • Content: 40%
  • Creativity: 30%
  • Style: 20%
  • Total: 100%

Note: Only regional winners are considered in the judging for national winners. Contest winners will not be allowed to win two consecutive years. All of the winning entries will be compiled into a booklet, which will be made available to the winners.

Entry Guidelines

Submit entries to the District Poetry Contest Chairman by December 1. The District will send the 1st and 2nd Place winning entries to the State Poetry Contest Chairman before December 10. Contact the State Chairman for more information. Click here for a printable handout.

State Chairman
Jean O'Shields
400 Valley View Drive
Fort Valley GA 31030

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