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.

This year’s contest deadline is April 15, 2019, and the winners will be announced and awarded at

Wonder City Wordfest

April 27, 2019

Wonder City Coffee, 114 Main

Locust Grove

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 categories:K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th, and Adult
  3. Cash awards will be given in each category. Medals will be given for runners-up. (Cash awards to be determined by donations received.)
  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.
  7. Poems previously submitted to this contest are ineligible.

To ENTER: Submit your poem through email or mail with the forms below OR Submit by filling in the form below and copying and pasting your poem into it.

2019 Entry Form (doc)

2019 Entry Form (pdf)

The 2018 Oklahoma Poem Contest winners were announced and prizes awarded at

Wonder City Wordfest

April 14, 2018

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.

2018 Oklahoma Poem Contest Winners

 Category: K-5th Grade

Aurora Parks, Roosevelt Elementary, Pryor

Amelia Hanlan, Independence Elementary, Yukon

3rd (tie)
Madison Mennecke, LGUE, Locust Grove

Parker Hensley, Independence Elementary, Yukon


Category: 6th-8th Grade

Erin Bendabout, LGMS, Locust Grove

Jerah Bighorse, LGMS, Locust Grove

3rd (tie)
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

Category: Adult

Casey Mclerran, Sapulpa

Debra Martin, Edmond

Hannah Eaton, Claremore

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



Oklahoma Poem Contest 2019

Entries due April 13, 2019

Wonder City Wordfest: Saturday, April 27, 2019


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