Summer Poetry Challenge


The work of the Summer Poetry Challenge has been compiled into an anthology called Word Daubers, which includes poems from 59 of the writers in the challenge.

This paperbook book is available for $5.00 plus postage. Click on the book cover to go to the order link. Enjoy!


The 103 participants who began the challenge wrote one poem per week between June 23 and Aug. 23, 2019.

If you missed the deadline, stay tuned as the plans are to offer a Winter Poetry Challenge, too. LIKE Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry on Facebook to stay up-to-date on events and contest.

  • Each participant won something: a t-shirt, a journal, cash, gift card, etc.
  • Every participant had at least one poem published in the anthology created from this summer challenge.
  • Each participant received online or in-person feedback from ROMP director Shaun Perkins on one poem per week.

In addition, participants were the only ones eligible for the Poetry Challenge Contest, in which cash prizes totaling $1,000 were given to the best poems written for the challenge in the 8 weeks.

Poems could be on any theme and with any style or length.

A Winter Poetry Challenge will take place January 4-February 27, 2020. Stay tuned for details and sign-up.

–Shaun Perkins, Director, Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry