Poetry Contest for Teens

Announcing our 2022 Poetry Contest for Teens, presented in partnership with Wellington County Library! In celebration of our return to an in-person festival, the theme of our contest this year is Joy.

Deadline: June 30, 2022

This contest is now closed.


Junior High (Grades 9-10)
Senior High (Grades 11-12)


Winners in each category will be notified in August and invited to attend an awards presentation at the festival on Sunday September 11, 2022.

Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to a bookstore of their choice, as well as a family pass to the festival (maximum two adults). Runners-up will receive free admission to the festival for themselves and one adult.

Winners and runners-up will have their poems published on the EMWF website (optional).

Rules & Requirements

  • One entry per person
  • Maximum length is one page, double-spaced
  • This contest is open to residents of Ontario only

Judging Criteria

Our judges will be looking for the following:

  • Creativity: Are you approaching the contest’s theme in an original way?
  • Clarity: Does your poem convey the experience or emotion you are trying to capture?
  • Relation to the theme : How does your poem reflect the theme of the contest?
  • Voice and Vision: Are you sharing a unique perspective?
  • Language and Style: Read your poem aloud. Does it flow?
  • Spelling and Grammar: Have you reviewed for errors?
  • Rules & Requirements: Have you followed the contest’s rules and requirements?


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