The Parkmont Poetry Festival By The Numbers:

Over 16,000 student entries

Over 100 participating schools

Over 1,600

Over 100 esteemed poet-judges

40 years of

Each year for the past 40 years, Parkmont School has been celebrating the creative talents of the District of Columbia’s middle and secondary school students by sponsoring the Parkmont Poetry Festival.

Please see the official Parkmont Poetry Festival website and follow the Parkmont Poetry Festival on Facebook for more information and updates!

Visit The Parkmont Poetry Festival Website

Eligibility, Submission & Deadline Details:

  • The 41st Parkmont Poetry Festival Awards Ceremony and Poetry Reading is scheduled for April 29th, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
  • The 2022 poem submission deadline is February 17, 2023.
  • Open to students attending a District of Columbia public, private or charter school in Grades 6-12
  • Limit of 2 poems per student
  • Submissions must be typed; no artwork, please
  • Please fill out the Poetry Entry Form and include it with your poem so that we have the student’s name, home phone, school, grade, and teacher’s name.
  • Poet’s name and/or school must NOT appear on the poem itself.

Splatter Paint:

Parker Alexander

I am a canvas
Splatter painted
With blacks and reds
Yellows, blues, and pinks
Streaked across my surface
By chance
By luck
I know what I am
I am art

How to submit poems

By Mail:
Parkmont School
4842 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

By Email:
[email protected]

Poems published in the Festival Book
$40 Gift Certificate
Festival tee-shirt