Open Poetry Contest

Write a poem!

The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, Locust Grove, announces its 2nd annual open poetry contest, with poems on any theme and in any style. Cash prizes will be awarded. There will be a poetry reading and celebration in June, though attendance is not required to enter the contest. The contest is open to anyone anywhere.

                       $600 in CASH PRIZES

Contest Guidelines:

  1. Anyone can enter.
  2. Poems will be judged in 4 categories:

K-5th             6th-12th           Adult        Professional (published poet)

  1. Cash awards will be given in each category.
  2. Maximum length: 100 lines.
  3. Poems can be rhymed or unrhymed.
  4. One poem per person.
  5. Previous winning poems cannot be submitted again.
  6. A signed Entry Form or online form must be filled out and turned in with the poem.

NOTE: Due to ROMP’s limited resources, entries do not receive an acknowledgement. Winners will be notified by email by June 19, 2021, and announced on this page at that time.

Contest Evaluation Criteria:

Poems will be judged based on these criteria: imagery, creativity, poetic language & technique, and development of theme.

To Submit:                   DEADLINE: June 5, 2020

Mail your poem with the attached entry form:


Submit your poem through the online form below:

Individual Poem Entries are not personally acknowledged. Please keep a copy of your poem! Winners will be announced on ROMP’s Facebook page on June 19, and a celebration and poetry reading will take place that day at ROMP. You need not attend to enter a poem and win.