Open Poetry Contest

Write a poem!

ROMP received 188 entries for the 2nd Annual Open Poetry Contest, and the competition made selection difficult. Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who entered. $600 in cash prizes were awarded.

K-5th Grade

1st, Teresa Manimala, Stillwater OK
2nd, Lily Klassen, Locust Grove OK
3rd, Emmalyn Ragsdale, Locust Grove OK

6th-12th Grade

1st, Lenna Abouzahr, Stillwater OK
2nd, Serenity Cross, Carthage MO
3rd, Jasmine Bark, Locust Grove OK


1st, Julie Jeannene Rickard, Fayetteville AR
2nd, Melissa Heath-Lee, Red Oak OK
3rd, Dee Dee Chumley, Edmond OK


1st, Kenneth Weene, Tucson AZ
2nd, Ken Hada, Ada OK
3rd, Vivian Finley Nida, Oklahoma City OK


At the October ROMP Open Mic night, Oct. 14, 2021, winners are encouraged to attend and read their poems. Anyone who entered can also bring their poem to read. The event is from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thanks again to those writing poetry and entering ROMP contests. ROMP continues to strive to encourage people from all walks of life to read and write poetry. We offer free workshops, contests, and events throughout the year.