Poetry contest

Gaithersburg School Poetry Contest Focused on Diversity or Inclusion

GAITHERSBURG, MD — Organizers of the Gaithersburg Book Festival said the high school’s annual poetry contest is now open for submissions. The theme for 2023 is diversity or inclusion.

First and second place winners will receive $250 and $100, respectively. Third place winners and fan favorites will receive $50 and $25, respectively.

Winners will be announced at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, taking place May 20, 2023, at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg.

“Throughout the years that we have organized this competition, the talent shown by our young poets has been incredible. I expect 2023 to be no different,” Jud Ashman, festival president and mayor of Gaithersburg, said in a press release. “I look forward to hearing the voices of our next generation, as they share their unique perspectives on diversity and inclusion.”

To participate, students must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in a public or private school, or be in a home-schooling program, for the 2022-2023 school year. Entrants must live in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

This year, students are invited to write a poem on a theme: either diversity or inclusion.

Poems should be:

  • Submitted as a Word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman
  • One page in length
  • The file name should be the title of the poem only (e.g. The_Red_Fern.doc)
  • Do not include the student or school name in the file name
  • Must be the student’s original work and not previously published online or in print.

By submitting work to the competition, students grant Gaithersburg Book Festival a non-exclusive license to publish, distribute, transmit and exhibit the poem, and any portion thereof, via any medium without financial compensation.

Poems must be submitted electronically via the web at https://fs30.formsite.com/GBurgMD/GBFpoetrycontest/index.html by midnight ET on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Up to 12 poems will be selected as finalists and posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website prior to the Festival. Finalists will also be asked to record a video of themselves reading their poems, which will be posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website.

Full rules and regulations can be viewed online at https://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/gbf-programs/poetry-contest/.

Questions can be emailed to writingcontest@gaithersburgbookfestival.org.

About the Gaithersburg Book Festival

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual celebration of books, writers, and literary excellence. Activities will include author appearances, discussions and book signings; writing workshops; a children’s village; on-site sale of new and used books; literary exhibitors and food, drink, ice cream and more. FREE admission and accessible shuttle will be available from Shady Grove Metro and Lakeforest Mall. The Gaithersburg Book Festival also hosts author events in Montgomery County throughout the year to encourage lifelong appreciation of all things literary. For more information, visit www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org, follow him on Twitter @GburgBookFest or like the festival on Facebook.