Open Poetry Contest

OpenPoetryContestOpen Poem Contest Winners

In its first ever Open Poetry Contest, the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry received 124 poems in three categories. The poems came by mail and email from 27 states and 6 other countries: Bhutan, India, Phillipines, Zimbabwe, Finland, and Nigeria.

1st place winners received $100, 2nd place received $75, and 3rd place received $50. 

Congratulations to all of the winners! And thank you to everyone who sent in a poem. Video/audio submitted by the winners can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

Read the winning poems in this pdf.

6th-12th Grade Category:

1st, Kimberly Pinder, Grove OK (Grove High School) “Vast Waters”
2nd, Lakelan Bro, Vinita OK (Bluejacket High School) “Night Time”
3rd, Emma Barton, Grove OK (Grove High School) “Hillside Runs”


1st, Joseph Updike, Rapid City SD: “Stay, Still, See, Stay”
2nd, Keith T. Hoerner, Murphysboro, IL, “Nooning Tree Estates”
3rd, Bryan Waters, Memphis, TN: “Poptarts, A Story of PTSD”


1st, Zhenya Yevtushenko, Tulsa OK, “Obituary in Pink”
2nd, Seyi Omotoso, Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria, “A Decade Spell”
3rd, Nathan Baker, Ojo Feliz, NM, “Spinster”

Kimberly Pinder reading her poem “Vast Waters”:


Seyi Omotoso reading his poem “A Decade Spell”:


Nathan Baker reading his poem “Spinster”:


Zhenya Yevtushenko reading his poem “Obituary in Pink”: