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RJ Julia's 10th Annual Poetry Contest and Slam!

RJ Julia Booksellers is celebrating poetry month by hosting our 10th Annual Poetry Contest and Slam for Grades 1 through 6!


All contest entrants will be considered in one of three groups:

• Grades 1 and 2

• Grades 3 and 4

• Grades 5 and 6

One winner and two runners-up will be selected from each group.

The contest winner will receive a $20.00 RJ Julia Gift Card and the runners-up will each receive a $5.00 RJ Julia Gift Card.

Winners and runners-up will also be given the opportunity to read their poems at our Poetry Slam on Friday, April 26th at 4:00pm. All entrants are invited to attend the event!



HATS! SOCKS! Once again we are throwing out a poetry challenge across all grades 1 – 6! Write a poem either about or from the perspective of an article of clothing. Follow the guidelines for the submissions.  All clothing poems will be judged as a separate category and the winner will receive a $10.00 RJ Julia Gift Card.



Entrants must send in three hard copies of the poem and each copy must include name, address, phone number, grade level, and age. Poems can be mailed or dropped off at the store (RJ Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443). Only hard copies will be accepted; no e-mails.

You may submit as a class or encourage students to enter individually. Classroom submissions: please include individual student information for each poem.

• There are no restrictions on topic or length and poems do not have to rhyme.

• Submissions will not be returned.

• Please do not staple submissions together.

• The last date for submissions is Saturday, April 20th by 6pm.

• Winners and honorees will be notified by Wednesday, April 24th.

Submissions not meeting all of these guidelines will not be considered; no exceptions.

We look forward to reading your poetry!


Please register to attend our FREE Poetry Slam event on Friday, April 26th at 4:00pm here.


Event Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 4:00pm EDT
Event address: 
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443