Youth Poetry Contest, 2021

Carrying on the Tradition

Calling young poets to join the Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering by writing and submitting an original poem.


  • Level 1: Grades K-2
  • Level 2: Grades 3-4
  • Level 3: Grades 5-6
  • Level 4: Grades 7-8
  • Level 5: Grades 9-12

Each poet will receive a certificate of participation. The top three places in each division will receive a special plaque award and the option to share their poem as part of Carrying on the Tradition, a virtual event to be announced for February 2021.


  • Topics must be related to ranch life (cowboys, cowgirls, livestock, rodeo, ranch pets, environment, etc.).
  • Poems must be a minimum of eight lines (four at Level 1) and a maximum of two pages.
  • Poems may be handwritten or typed (double-spaced if typed) and must be the original work of the student.
  • Only one entry is allowed from each student for placement in the contest.
  • Poems written in a language other than English must have a translation attached.
  • No illustrations or decorations should adorn the paper.
  • Poems are judged on creativity, originality, figurative language, appropriateness of content, and structure (traditional form-that is: rhyme, rhythm, voice, stanza pattern, and other elements which comprise poetry).
  • The poem must be postmarked or e-mailed by January 23, 2021.

Each poem must have the following information printed legibly on the BACK of each page:

  • Student's Name, Contact Phone Number, & E-mail Address
  • School or Homeschool
  • School Grade Level & Contest Level
  • City, State/Province, Country

Please mail submissions to:
Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering
P. O. Box 1076
Alpine, TX 79831

Or email to submissions to

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Baize at the email address above.