RJ Julia's 9th Annual Poetry Contest and Slam

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RJ Julia Booksellers is celebrating poetry month by hosting our 9th Annual Poetry Contest and Slam for Grades 1 through 6!


Poetry SlamAll 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 27th at 4:00pm. All entrants are invited to attend the event!

HAIKU!!  This year we are throwing out a haiku challenge across all grades 1 – 6! Follow the guidelines for the submissions.  All haikus 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 Sunday, April 22nd by 6pm.

• Winners and honorees will be notified by Wednesday, April 25th.

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

Please register to attend our FREE Poetry Slam event on Friday, April 27th at 4:00pm here.

We look forward to reading your poetry!

Event Date: 
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443