Poetry Without Paper Contest

Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing and submitting poems to Sawyer Free Library’s Poetry Without Paper contest!

Poetry Without Paper
Parent/Guardian email strongly preferred as follow up email responses cannot get through student email accounts.

If you want to submit special media (video, audio, visual, etc,)please email:
pwpsawyerfreelibrary@gmail.com and include the attachment, poet’s name, phone number, and poem title.

Poetry Resources for Students and Teachers

At-Home with Kwame Alexander. Video lessons from Kwame Alexander on borrowed poems and defining poetry, and a mini lesson online booklet with poetry writing lessons. 

Favorite Poem Project. Resources for Educators page includes Elementary, Middle, and High School lesson plans.

Poetry Foundation: Children. Poems and videos chosen to help children learn about poetry. 

Poetry Foundation: Teens. Poems, podcasts, and author studies for teen poets. 

Poetry4Kids.com. The funny poetry playground of children’s author Kenn Nesbitt, former Children’s Poet Laureate (2013-15). Lots of funny poems for kids, classic children’s poems, games, poetry lessons and activities, plus a rhyming dictionary, videos, and more.

Poets.org: Poems for Kids. Popular poems for children and great poems for children by theme. 

Poets.org: Poems for Teens. Poems, essays, recommended reading lists, must-have anthologies, interviews, and advice for teen poets.

Readwritethink.org. Poetry-writing lesson plans and activities for teachers of students in grades K-12. This website partners with the International Literacy Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. 

Shel Silverstein Animations. Animated videos of Shel Silverstein’s well-loved poems. 

Shel Silverstein Poetry Lessons and Activities. Poetry lessons, National Poetry Month activities, and more.

Award-Winning Poems from Previous Years

Poetry without Paper 2019

Poetry without Paper 2018

Poetry without Paper 2017

Poetry without Paper 2016

Poetry without Paper 2015

Video Resources

Here is a great example from a contestant who chose to set her poem to video. “1, 2, 3” by Chandra Lavery: