Studio 360’s Summer Poetry Challenge: Battle of the High School Bards

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Attention young poets: We want to hear your voices! Don’t leave your best work inside a notebook — send it to us. We’re looking for poetry by students who are about to start high school, in high school, or just graduated. We’ll post a featured submission here every week, and rising poetry star Dorothea Lasky will pick a winner on our show.

Your assignment: Write a poem on the theme of summer. Your poem can be rhymed, free verse, blank verse, spoken-word, whatever you choose.

Enter your poem as text or audio below.

Enter your poem as textEnter your poem as audio

The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 18, 2014, 11:59 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: Timi Okedina is our winner. Thank you to everyone who shared their work with us! You can read and listen to all the entries by clicking on the images above.

Our high school poetry challenge is co-presented with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers’ Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Past winners have included Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Myla Goldberg, and Lena Dunham. You can out more about the Awards here; submissions for next year’s awards open in September.

Music Playlist

  1. Oregano

    Artist: Gonzales
    Album: Solo Piano
    Label: SSC
  2. Lazy Summer

    Artist: Charles Michael Brotman
    Album: Rockin' the Uke
    Label: Sonoton