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. Prizes are given out each year at Wonder City Wordfest at Wonder City Coffee, in downtown Locust Grove. This year, the event is on April 11, 2020.

THEME: Poems must be some sort of celebration of Oklahoma: its symbols, people, land, culture, etc.

Contest Guidelines:                                      CASH PRIZES

  1. All Oklahoma residents are eligible to enter.
  2. Poems will be judged in 4 categories:K-5th, 6th-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. One poem per person.
  7. Previous winning poems cannot be submitted again.
  8. A signed Entry Form must be filled out and turned in with the poem.

Contest Evaluation Criteria:

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

Oklahoma Poem Contest Entry Form

To Submit:                             DEADLINE: March 28, 2020

  1. You can submit your poem in one of three ways: Fill out the online submission form below, email your poem or mail your poem by March 28, 2020.
  2. You must submit a completed and signed entry form if you email or mail the poem. Fill out all information on the entry form.

EMAIL: ROMPoetry@gmail.com

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


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

Poem by Darron Dunbar

Mother Oklahoma Poem Art by Darron Dunbar.jpg

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Mary was not able to attend, but she sent this photo after she received her award.

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

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