Oklahoma Poem Contest


To celebrate National Poetry Month and Oklahoma, the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry conducts an annual Oklahoma Poem Contest, with cash prizes and medals for the winners.

The 2018 Oklahoma Poem Contest will have entries due on April 1, 2018.

To enter, write your own creative poem that has something to do with one or more of Oklahoma’s emblems: our state bird, animal, flag, motto, etc.

Contest Guidelines:                                      CASH PRIZES

  1. All Oklahoma residents are eligible to enter.
  2. Poems will be judged in 4 age groups:K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th, and Adult
  3. Cash awards will be given in each group. Medals will be given for runners-up.
  4. Poems must be 10-24 lines long, no shorter and no longer.
  5. Poems can be rhymed or unrhymed.
  6. A signed Entry Form must be filled out and turned in with the poem.

ENTRY FORM (doc)       ENTRY FORM (pdf)

Contest Evaluation Criteria:

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

To Submit:                             DEADLINE: April 1, 2018

  1. Email or mail your poem by April 1, 2018. (Print, fill out, and scan if using email.)
  2. Fill out all information on the entry form and sign the Originality Confirmation.

EMAIL: ROMPoetry@gmail.com

MAIL: Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry 6603 S 438 Rd. Locust Grove OK 74352

IN PERSON:  Bring to ROMP (can be left inside if open or on the porch if closed–send an email or call to notify me that you left it, (918-864-9152, rompoetry@gmail.com) or bring to the ROMP Rummage Store (Thursday-Saturday, Noon-6: p.m., 110 E. Main, Locust Grove).

The 2017 winners, announced at Wonder City Wordfest in Locust Grove, on April 15, 2017 are listed below. Thank you, poets for entering. The poems are truly inspiring and honor our state in a variety of ways.

Photographs of the winners who were at the ceremony can be found HERE.

2017 Oklahoma Poem Contest Winners

 Category: K-5th Grade

Dykota Williamson, Tulsa Honor Academy

Madison Collier, Locust Grove Upper Elementary

3rd (tie)
Sissi Rodriguez, Tulsa Honor Academy

Max Cunningham, Locust Grove Upper Elementary

Category: Adult

Angel Parks, Bartlesville

Lora Collier, Locust Grove

Angela Loyd, Jay

Category: 6th-8th Grade

Candace Griffith, Yukon Middle School

Callie Langerman, Mustang South Middle School

3rd (tie)
Allyson Cooper, Perry Junior High School

Jennifer Salazar, Tulsa Honor Academy

You can read all of the winning poems in a pdf by clicking HERE.




2016 Contest Winners

The winners of the 1st  Oklahoma Poem Contest, sponsored by the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, have been announced. From 138 entries, 27 poems were selected in 6 categories for their specific poetic qualities.


Bryce Warwick, 4th, Enid, BEST THEME
Leah Turner, 4th, Enid, BEST LANGUAGE
Achilles Branson, 4th, Enid, BEST CONTRASTS
Grace Kohl, 4th, Enid, BEST INFORMATION

6th Grade
Graham Curtsinger, Verdigris, BEST IMAGERY
Hailey Witt, Locust Grove, BEST RHYME
Tashown Shamel, Locust Grove, BEST FORM
Emilee Bilyeu, Locust Grove, BEST THEME
Cyla Sutton, Locust Grove, BEST METAPHORS

7th Grade

Josie Bell, Locust Grove, BEST RHYTHM
Justin Kirk, Locust Grove, BEST RHYME
Savannah Sontag, Locust Grove, BEST SOUND
Canton Little, Locust Grove, BEST THEME
Alyssa Fields, Locust Grove, BEST ORIGINALITY

8th Grade

Autumn Weiner, Locust Grove, BEST IMAGERY
Anna Kromhout, Locust Grove, BEST FORM
Jimmy Veach, Locust Grove, BEST THEME
Annie Hebb, Locust Grove, BEST METAPHOR

High School

Jackson High, 10th, Oklahoma City, BEST THEME


Johna Logan, Wewoka, BEST FORM
Karen Coody Cooper, Tahlequah, BEST NARRATIVE
Robyn Thom, Locust Grove, BEST THEME
Regina Philpott McLemore, Stilwell, BEST RHYTHM
Scott McAdoo, Piedmont, BEST RHYME
Tyler Gambill, Broken Arrow, BEST IMAGERY