Fifth Annual Fighting Words Poetry Contest – May 15

Posted by Pulitzer Center on March 22, 2022

How can we use poetry to respond to current events, uplift underreported stories, and make connections between global issues and our local and personal contexts? Students are invited to explore these possibilities and make their voices heard in their entries to the Fighting Words Poetry Contest.

Deadline: Sunday, May 15, 2022, 11:59pm EDT.

K-12 students anywhere in the world are welcome to enter. Winners will receive cash prizes up to $300 and publication on the Pulitzer Center website. Check out last year’s winning entries here!

Judges will have reading fluency in Spanish and English. For the first time this year, you can access a Spanish-language portal for the poetry contest.

Want to schedule a virtual poetry writing workshop to support your students in crafting successful contest entries? Email us to schedule a workshop with the Pulitzer Center education team! If you would like to facilitate this workshop independently, find the lesson plan, writing templates, model poems, suggested stories for every grade level, and more here.

Contest Guidelines and Resources (English)

Contest Guidelines and Resources (Spanish)

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