Contest judges are a well-rounded mix of writers and poets with backgrounds in both writing and spoken word. All judges have a broad knowledge of poetry, having either studied the discipline, performed—or both.


For a complete list of contest rules, please click below.

2019 Let it flow writing competition

poetry entry form

Enter your poem for a free chance to win up to $150 in cash and prizes!

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1st prize winner gets $150 Cash + prize

2nd prize winner gets $50 cash + signed copy of uncivil unity by jamaad gould, local community activist

Let it Flow Writing Competition is now taking entries! Our first writing competition is just what we need to get hype for Ripples 2 Waves 2019!

The 2019 Let it Flow Writing Competition is a free verse poetry contest open to all MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL students in Wicomico, Somerset, Worcester, & Dorchester Co.

Use the poetry contest entry form to the right. You can submit a poem on any topic revolving around any social justice issue, employing whatever style you prefer. For more information, read the official contest rules. Then, read the guidelines for poetry rating to get an idea of what our judges look for in a winning poem!


Submission guidelines

Before submitting your poem, please make sure you have read and adhered to the following guidelines where applicable:

  1. Only submit ONE poem, ONE time. Submitting multiple poems will cause disqualification. Only one poem per household will be accepted.

  2. Poem must be 26 lines or less, including stanza breaks but not including the title, and lines may be no more than 70 characters across, including spaces.

  3. Poem must adhere to basic rules of capitalization.

    • Do not type poem in all capital letters.

    • Do not capitalize the first letter of every word.

    • Only capitalize words that are proper (i.e. names and places).

    • The first word of each line may be capitalized.

  4. Be sure to proofread your poem for any grammatical errors.

  5. Do not use “texting” lingo. Properly spell out all words.

  6. Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or wholly inappropriate will not be accepted.

  7. To ensure proper lineation, please use the “Enter” key to start a new line, indicating all intentional line breaks.