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. Prizes are given out each year at Wonder City Wordfest in Locust Grove. Winners do not need to be present.
2023 Oklahoma Poem Contest Details:
To enter, write your own creative poem that honors or celebrates Oklahoma in some way.
Contest Guidelines: CASH PRIZES
- Only Oklahoma residents are eligible to enter.
- Poems will be judged in 4 categories: K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th, and Adult
- Cash awards will be given in each category. Medals will be given for runners-up.
- The maximum length for poems is 30 lines.
- Poems can be rhymed or unrhymed.
- One poem per person.
- Previous winning poems cannot be submitted again.
- A signed Entry Form or declaration of originality (see Email instructions below) must be turned in with the poem.
Contest Evaluation Criteria:
Poems will be judged based on these criteria: imagery, creativity, language, and theme. Poems must clearly be on the Oklahoma theme to be considered for the contest.
To Submit: DEADLINE: April 7, 2023
- Mail your poem with the attached entry form
2. Email your poem in the body of an email or as an attachment to ROMPoetry@gmail.com. Put OKLAHOMA POEM CONTEST in your Subject Line. You must include this information in the body of your email or you will not be entered in the contest:
b. Full Mailing Address (include address or PO box, town and zip)
c. Category: K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th, Adult
d. Originality Confirmation: (include this sentence in your email): I confirm that the attached poem was written by me and is original to me.
e. Complete Poem with Title
NOTE: Because of the number of entries and the time involved, you will not be notified when your entry is received. Please keep your own copy of your poem.
FOR TEACHERS: If you want to enter a group of student poems, you can send them all in the mail or in an email to us so that individual students do not have to send his/her poem in. Just make sure that each student has written the Originality sentence and included the other information above. THANKS!
Winners will be notified in advance of Wonder City Wordfest, and they will be announced formally on this page and on Facebook on that day.
2022 Oklahoma Poem Contest Winners
In 2022, we received 526 entries, the most we have ever received. Competition was extremely tough! Thank you to everyone who entered!
- Lizabeth Bundy, Idabel, “The Sooner State”
- Lana Smith, Tuttle, “Oklahoma Buffalo”
- Kambryi Bowles, Tuttle, “The Oklahoma Honeybee”
- Tsuguaki Katoh, Tulsa, “A Place I’ve Seen Grow”
- Payton Marlin, Inola, “Day at the Ranch”
- Sadie Ferguson, Wagoner, “Oklahoma Masterpiece”
- Lucas Buzzelli, Claremore, “Frogs from an Oklahoma Clearing”
- Reese Akins, Edmond, “My Oklahoma”
- Eric Geng, Norman, “Mother Oklahoma”
- Cody Swinson, Lexington, “A Feather Blows”
- Regina Philpott McLemore, Stilwell, “Shades of Oklahoma”
- Jeffry Baggett, Tulsa, “Council Oak Tree”
READ WINNING POEMS (pdf): 2022 Oklahoma Poem Contest Winners
Oklahoma Poem Contest Winners 2021
- Easton King, Lawton, Epic Charter School
- Panashe Mushonga, Oklahoma City, Home-Schooled
- Evan Foresman, Yukon, Independence Intermediate
- Hayden Barrowman, Norman, Whittier Middle School
- Mykayla Shearer, Chickasha, Friend School
- TIE: Kyler Nida, Harrah, Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School
and Hannah Joo, Norman, Terra Verde Discovery School
- Emma Cinocca, Tulsa, Jenks High School
- Lucas Buzzelli, Claremore, Claremore High School
- TIE: Kayley Ray, Lenapah, Oklahoma Union
and Kaitlyn Pierce, Nowata, Oklahoma Union
- Jen Handsel, Tulsa
- Kathy Snyman, Locust Grove
- Emily Geest, Stillwater
Honorable Mention: Kathryn Lawler, Norman
The winning poems for 2021 can be read in THIS DOCUMENT. Prizes will be mailed to the winners! The winning poems will also be on display in the museum.
The Oklahoma Poem Contest takes place every year with a deadline in early April.
Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry
2020 Oklahoma Poem Contest Winning Poets
1st, Aunika Anderson, Spiro
2nd, Jacquelyn Magrady, Tulsa
3rd, Zachary Wilhite, Claremore
1st, Kaylee Bowman, Grove
2nd, Justin Herlan, Bluejacket
3rd, Harley Lee, Bluejacket
1st, Aurora Parks, Pryor
2nd, Ashlie Nguyen, Yukon
3rd, Zack Strong, Yukon
1st, Jediah Harrison, Grove
2nd, MeKenzie Smith, Yukon
3rd, Silas Jackson, Grove
Oklahoma Poem Contest 2020: Winning Poems
2019 Oklahoma Poem Contest Winners
1st, Hannah Ewton, Claremore
2nd, Darron Dunbar, Oklahoma City
3rd, Mary McCloskey, Oklahoma City
1st, Palmer Strubhar, Piedmont
1st, Lahna Erwin
2nd, Ivy Snyder
3rd, Ashley Smith
1st, Zack Strong, Yukon
2nd Alexander Spruill, El Reno & Kaylee Porter, Yukon
3rd, Leslie Bernal, Tulsa
CLICK HERE to see photos by Zack Strong’s grandfather Lonnie Rickey at Wonder City Wordfest
2019 OK Winning Poems
2018 Oklahoma Poem Contest Winners
Photographs of the winners who were at the ceremony can be found HERE.
Category: K-5th Grade
Aurora Parks, Roosevelt Elementary, Pryor
Amelia Hanlan, Independence Elementary, Yukon
Madison Mennecke, LGUE, Locust Grove
Parker Hensley, Independence Elementary, Yukon
Category: 6th-8th Grade
Erin Bendabout, LGMS, Locust Grove
Jerah Bighorse, LGMS, Locust Grove
Miranda Blossom, LGMS, Locust Grove
Mya Phillips, LGMS, Locust Grove
Category: 9th-12th Grade
Jasmine Alverado, Emerson South, Oklahoma City
Sierra Murphy, LGHS, Locust Grove
Audra Cunningham, LGHS, Locust Grove
Casey Mclerran, Sapulpa
Debra Martin, Edmond
Hannah Eaton, Claremore
You can read all of the winning poems in a pdf by clicking HERE.