Racial Justice Poem Contest

The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry announces a poem contest on the theme of racial justice. Poems should explore or illustrate racism and racial justice or injustice in some way. Poems can be about specific people, places, or events that are key to this theme.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place Cash Prizes in Three Categories!

1st Place: $100                2nd Place: $50                         3rd Place: $25

  • Under 18
  • 18 and over
  • Professional (poems have been published in journals or books)

Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Theme developed in a creative, powerful and skillful way
  2. Poetic techniques used with skill and impact
  3. Sensory imagery that develops the theme in a lyrical, meaningful way


  1. Anyone anywhere can enter.
  2. One entry per person.
  3. Poems must be submitted either online using the form below or through the mail with the pdf entry form found below.
  4. Poems must be original to the poet and available for posting on the ROMP website.
  5. Maximum line length = 30 lines
  6. Poems can be rhymed or unrhymed.

DEADLINE: August 8, 2020

To Submit:

  1. Print out THIS ENTRY FORM, fill it out, and mail it with your poem.
  2. Fill out the online form below.

Please keep a copy of your poem for your records.