Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest

It is time to dream up your idea for the 2019 Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest opening February 1. Make a note to check back next Friday for more information about this year’s contest including our special guest author, prizes, awards ceremony, and eligibility.

About the Contest

This year’s Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest invites all SC students in grades 3rd to 12th to write a poem using the theme “imagining what you could do.”

Imagine what it is like to consider your own possibilities. Can you envision all the possibilities that may await you? Have you ever imagined what you might be when you grow up? What are your hopes and dreams as you search for your place in life?

In your own words, write about your imagination and dreams. Can you imagine that even the most unlikeliest of dreams might come true?

Winners will be notified by email and announced on our website. They are invited to attend a special awards ceremony with their families at the SC State Library and to meet guest poet Juan Felipe Herrera. The awards ceremony includes prizes, such as Amazon gift cards and signed copies of Herrera's newest books, poetry readings by the winning students, and a reception.

Review the contest guidelines and submit your entry no later than Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Promotional videos are available for sharing on social media: Video 1, Video 2.

For more information on this contest, contact Ashley Till, Statewide Services Manager.