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Claremont Review Contest

The Claremont Review offers an annual contest for fiction or poetry for young people 13-19.

There are over $2000 in prizes.  Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2011.

Details are available here:  http://www.theclaremontreview.ca/annual_contest.htm

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River of Words Poetry Contest

Entries may be sent in at any time throughout the year, but no response will be sent until after the yearly contest deadline .

  • The contest is open to youth who are age 5-19, on the December 1st deadline date. Youth older than 19 who are still enrolled in high school are eligible, but college students, even if 19 or younger, are not. Entrants need not submit work through their school; individual submissions are also accepted (Please see Frequently Asked Questions for clarification on these categories).
  • Youth may enter the contest as many times as they like, but a separate entry form must be completed for each submission. Teachers should send all the entries from their classes together in one (or several, if needed) envelopes. Do not have each student mail their entry separately.
  • NEW REQUIREMENT! Teachers/facilitators, please complete a Facilitator Form along with your entries, as well as a typed list of the names of all entrants in your class!
  • All entrants will be acknowledged with a Watershed Explorer Certificate.

See details here:  River of Words Contest.

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3d clown - puppet, juggling with color ballsWriting poems is a lot like juggling – you have to remember to do so many things all at one time. If you are writing a rhyming poem, Rhyme Zone can definitely help.


It is an online rhyming dictionary that gives rhymes by number of syllables and indicates the more common rhymes.

You can also find synonyms, definitions, and much more.  Check it out.

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Like Poetry?

Have you been to Poet David L. Harrison’s website?

He’s the author of more than 70 books, and he has a regular poetry contest for kids.

Check out his website:  http://www.davidlharrison.com/

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Cool water bubbles in a spring,
The pool is visited by Nature’s King.

The cougar with his soft tan fur,
Compliments it with a rumbling purr.

The water is so cool and sweet,
So it is where the small birds meet.

Cardinals and blue jays sing their delight,
The water aids them in trouble or plight.

Thirst is quenched, lives are saved,
The water is what the newcomers craved.

Traveling moose stop and drink,
As well as small children with cheeks that are pink

The spring was a miracle for all of the creatures,
A wonder, with all the life saving features.

Its cool water helped the dying and sick,
The moon reflected on it like a flame upon a candle wick.

Does with their fawns come for a drink,
As they taste it their hearts don’t sink.

In fact, they soar, they leap, they fly,
When their run is over they heave a sigh.

The spring had nourished their already warm

But not just that. It helped the other parts.

By: Taylor M

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Spring has sprung,

But not just once,

It happens every year.

Now it is here,

The sky is clear,

Spring has sprung again.

by Rachel H 4th Grade 

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