String Poet is soliciting poems by young female writers, grades 3-12 to celebrate women in literature, for the 2011 Women Writers of Tomorrow Poetry Contest. Proceeds will benefit the Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline and the Walt Whitman Birthplace.

Contest Deadline: Postmarked by June 15th, 2011

Winners and their schools notified during the first week of September. Individual poems MUST have the following information on EACH page:

  • poem title and entrance category
  • entrant’s name, complete address, home phone number, age, and grade level
  • school name, complete address, school phone number, and teacher’s name
  • for multiple entries by a teacher: poems must be noted by grade and class period

Send typed poem(s) with SASE and check payable to “Walt Whitman Birthplace Association” to:

String Poet Women Writers Contest
c/o Walt Whitman Birthplace Association
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
West Hills, NY 11746

Entry Fee: $10 per poem, up to 30 lines each.

Topics: 1 per poem Categories
“What Is a Poem” A – Grades 3 & 4
“What Poetry Means to Me” B – Grades 5 & 6
“A Famous Woman” C – Grades 7 & 8
“What Inspires Me” D – Grades 9 & 10
E – Grades 11 & 12


$50 Savings Bond to each first prize-winner (1 per Category). 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category will be invited to read their poem at the award ceremony. All finalists and prize-winners will receive a certificate of achievement and keepsake letter of commendation for enhanced college porfolios.

Award Ceremony: Walt Whitman Birthplace Historic Site

Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM with featured reading Kim Bridgford, Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline founder. Presentation of awards by Cynthia Shor, Executive Director of Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and Annabelle Moseley, contest judge, WWBA 2009-2010 Writer in Residence, and founder of String Poet.