Pulitzer Center Announces 2020 Poetry Contest: ‘Fighting Words’

Writing poetry

How can poetry be an effective response to current events and under-reported stories? How can we use poetry to connect global issues to our local and personal contexts? Students are invited to explore these questions and make their voices heard in their entries to the Fighting Words Poetry Contest.

All K-12 students are eligible to compete in the contest (U.S. and abroad). There are prizes worth up to $100 as well as publication and performance opportunities. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 15.

Submission guidelines: Submit a poem about peace and conflict, including lines from a Pulitzer Center news story.

For complete guidelines, visit: www.pulitzercenter.org/poetrycontest

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Email: [email protected] with questions or to schedule a free poetry workshop


1st place: $100, publication on the Pulitzer Center website

2nd place: $50, publication on the Pulitzer Center website

3rd place: $25, publication on the Pulitzer Center website

Finalists: Publication on the Pulitzer Center website

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