NPS Student Poetry Contest

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NPS Student Poetry Contest

Aiming to encourage and celebrate young poets in exploring their craft, the National Park Service has organized the Longfellow Student Poetry Contest for the academic year 2022-2023.  The contest is sponsored by the Frank Buda Memorial Fund, New England Poetry Club, Friends of the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters, and Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. It is exclusively offered to grade school students.

The Longfellow Student Poetry Contest is being held exclusively for students from Massachusetts who are currently in grades 3-12. The contest takes place each spring, with an award ceremony in June. The Longfellow Student Poetry Contest is an annual original poetry competition with categories for high school, middle school, and elementary school students. The award winners will be presented with a cash prize, a certificate, and the chance to recite their poetry at the award ceremony.

The National Park Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior and is led by a Director nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The National Park Service preserves the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. NPS has been entrusted with caring for its national parks and cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Brief Description

  Organization   National Park Service
  Education Level   Grade 3- 12
  Subjects   Any
  Amount   Cash Prize and certificate
  Access Mode   Online
  Number of Awards   NA
  City   Massachusetts
  Nationality   Domestic
  Country   USA
  Contest Deadline   8th April, 2022
  Application Fees   NA
  Requirements   Form and Poem

Who is Eligible?

  • The applicants must be students from Massachusetts studying in grades 3-12. Students in grades 3-8 compete for the Longfellow Poetry Award and grades 9-12 for the Ruth Berrien Fox Award.

How to Apply?

  • All interested students must send one poem each and fill out the contest submission form.
  • To submit their poems, students must save the poems in a word file separately and mail them to All completed applications will be reviewed for the award.
  • Please note that the file should be named by the poet’s first and last name.


The students that will be announced winners of the fellowship will be awarded a certificate and a cash prize that can be utilized for anything desired by the winning applicant. The author chosen will also be allowed to read their winning poem at the public award ceremony, which will be held to announce the winners.

Application Deadline

Submissions for this award for 2022 will be accepted from 1st March 2022, Tuesday, to 8th April 2022, Friday. All applications must be submitted by the due date for full consideration.

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