Poems That Ate Our Ears

“Icicles are/Like swords/Shiny and sharp/And trying/To defeat/The snow”

Wyatt Worden / Jennings Elementary / Quincy

Longest running kids’ poetry contest in Southwest Michigan.
There is no entry fee for this contest.
The deadline is April 1.

The Poems That Ate Our Ears Contest Rules

1. Poems can be any style and on any topic, but no longer than twenty lines.

     Poems to be considered for display on buses may only be eight lines or less.

2. Submit up to three poems in any language. Provide an English copy.

3. Do not send your only copy of a poem (poems will not be returned).

4. Categories: 1 (grades K–3), 2 (grades 4–6), 3 (grades 7–9), 4 (grades 10–12).

5. Each poem must be on a separate sheet of paper. On the back of each poem, print the author’s full name, grade and category, name of school, home address, and home phone number.

6. No poems will be returned. For a list of winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE), with appropriate postage affixed, along with your poems.

7. Send entries to:      


2423 Russet Drive

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

8. Deadline: April 1. All entries must be received or postmarked by April 1.


Note: Winning poems will be published in a book and distributed locally. An awards ceremony and reading is held on the first Saturday in June at the Kalamazoo Public Library. Winning poems may be used in a promotional capacity.

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