A Poetry Contest for Central Florida High School Students

 As part of a Rollins College event, “A Poetry Conversation with Billy Collins,” high school English teachers (including honors, gifted, AP, and IB) are encouraged to select high school students to submit poems for review. All poems will be judged by two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and Winter Park Institute Senior Distinguished Fellow Billy Collins.

 In Recognition of National Poetry Month

 Rollins College, in association with two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, presents

All poem submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • ·         New and original


  • ·         Mention a mirror


  • ·         20 lines or fewer


  • ·         Submitted in a Word document using twelve point Arial font


  • ·         Written by a current Central Florida student in grades 9-12.


Additionally, the entry should include the following information:


·         Student name

·         A briefstudent bio

·         Complete student contact information (mailing address, email, phone number)

·         Grade, school name

·         Sponsoring teacher’s name


Each finalist will meet Dr. Collins and receive a copy of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry and a signed copy of Horoscopes for the Dead.

Top Prize:

In addition to the books, the winning poet will have his or her photo with Billy Collins and the poem will be published in the June issue of Orlando Life magazine. He/she will also receive a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Runner Up:

In addition to the books, the runner up will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. 

Honorable Mention:

In addition to the books, the honorable mention winner will receive a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.

 Winners will be announced at the “A Poetry Conversation” event at Winter Park Plaza on the evening of April 23. Students with winning submissions will have the opportunity to read their poems on stage.

To submit a poem for consideration, send poems attached as Word documents in an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5p.m.

on Friday, April 5, 2013.