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2002-2022 Poetry Without Paper Contest: It’s Our 20th Anniversary!


It’s Our 20th Anniversary! 2002-2022

In celebration of National Poetry Month

Poetry without Paper 2022


A Poetry Contest for children and teens who live in Gloucester or attend Gloucester schools


Poetry Submission Dates: March 1 — April 30, 2022


Winners will be chosen from each of these three groups: elementary, middle school, and high school.


Prizes: First Prize: $150 Cape Ann Gift Certificates

Second Prize: $100 Cape Ann Gift Certificates

Third Prize: $50 Cape Ann Gift Certificates

Honorable Mention: Poetry Books



All winning work will be published on our website.

Winners and their families will be invited to an award ceremony in the spring and winning poets will appear on The Writer’s Block with John Ronan, a 1623 Studios Production.


Questions? Please contact Christy Rosso at Sawyer Free Library at, or call 978-325-5551 or 5505

Poetry Resources for Students and Teachers

Amanda Gorman. National Youth Poet Laureate.

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

Kwame Alexander. Poet, author, educator, and publisher.

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

Poetry Foundation: Teens. Poems, podcasts, and author studies for teen poets. 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. Poems for Kids. Popular poems for children and great poems for children by theme. Poems for Teens. Poems, essays, recommended reading lists, must-have anthologies, interviews, and advice for teen poets. 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 2021

Poetry without Paper 2020

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:



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