The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has announced their annual poetry contest is once again open!  This year they’re inviting students to participate in the challenge of balancing wild creativity in a moderately controlled way.

Winners receive up to $500 in prizes.

All contest profits go to HSLDA’a charitable arm, HSLDA  Compassion (https://www.homeschoolfoundation.org/index.php?id=346), which provides grants to help make homeschooling possible for families facing hard times.

For details on how to enter, click here:

https://hslda.org/content/contests/Poetry_main.aspx

Category 1 (ages 7—10): Write a poem in which every new line begins with the exact same letter. You may choose the letter.

Maximum poem length: 20 lines.

Rhyme pattern: Poem should have a discernible rhyme scheme.

Category 2 (ages 11—14): Write a three-stanza poem in which the first letter of each new line spells the message “SPRING IS HERE” or spells “SPRING” as three couplets.

Maximum poem length: 6 (“SPRING”) or 12 (“SPRING IS HERE”) lines.

Rhyme pattern: Poem should have a discernible rhyme scheme.

Category 3 (ages 15—19): Write a poem in which each new line begins with consecutive letters of the alphabet. You may choose the letter you start the sequence with.

Maximum poem length: 26 lines.

Rhyme pattern: Poem should have a discernible rhyme scheme.

 

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