Dark & Scary

campfire_stories_at_mariniTo celebrate Halloween and all things dark and scary,  the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry conducts an annual Dark & Scary Poem Contest, with cash prizes.

Prizes will be given out and poems read at ROMP’s Dark & Scary event on Oct. 30, at the museum. You need not be present to win.


To enter, write your own poem (rhymed or unrhymed) on a Halloween or dark and scary theme that follows the contest guidelines below.

Poetry Contest Guidelines:

  1. Poems must be between 8 and 50 lines long.
  2. Poems must in some way be on the Halloween or dark and scary theme and have a title.
  3. Anyone anywhere in kindergarten and up can enter the contest.
  4. Poems cannot have been entered in previous ROMP contests.
  5. IMPORTANT: The Entry Form must be completely filled out to make poem eligible.

NOTE: Due to ROMP’s limited resources, entries do not receive an acknowledgement. Winners will be notified by email by Oct. 19, 2021, and announced on this page at that time.

PRIZES IN EACH CATEGORY K-5th grade, 6th-12th grade, and Adult:

1st Place: $50    2nd Place: $30     3rd Place: $20

Contest Evaluation Criteria:

Poems will be judged based on these criteria: imagery, creativity, poetic language, and theme

To Submit:                                                         

  1. Use the online form below or mail your poem by Oct. 12, 2021.  
  2. Fill out all information on the entry form.
  3. The receipt of poem entries is not individually acknowledged. Poem winners will be announced by Oct. 30 on ROMP’s Facebook page.

MAIL: Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, PO Box 1243, Locust Grove OK 74352