APRIL 1 - APRIL 30, 2019

The AstroPoetry Contest is now CLOSED - Thank you for participating.

Astronomers Without Borders is proud to host the fourth International AstroPoetry contest.

Calling all poets!

Share your passion for the night sky by composing an original poem and entering our poetry contest for GAM 2019. The contest is open to children from 8 years of age to adults.

There are three categories:
Children - ages 8-12
Young adults - ages 13-17
Adults - ages 18+

Participants under the age 18 must be approved by a parent or guardian. Teachers, we encourage you to get your whole class involved!

Prizes vary and winners are not guaranteed a specific prize. However, we can say that Sky & Tel and Astronomy Magazine are two of our prize sponsors!

Please review the rules and general contest information below:


AstroPoetry Contest Rules and Information

1. All entries must be submitted between April 1, 2019 and April 30, 2019 11:59 PST. Submissions received after midnight on April 30th will not be entered in the contest. No purchase necessary, and there is no fee to enter or win.

2. Poems must be written in English.

3. Only original poems written by contestants will be accepted. Poems copied from books, the internet, or previously published in any form will not be entered in the contest. All parents and teachers are asked to check poems for originality.

4.  Poems may be on any astronomy, night sky, or space-related subject.

5. You must include your complete mailing address and email address on the submission form to allow us to contact you, if your poem wins a prize.

6.  If you are an adult submitting a poem written for children, you must enter your work in the “Adult” category only.

7.  Poems may be in any style or form. It is preferred that they be less than 30 lines in length.

Additional Poetry Contest Information:

1. The contest winners will be chosen by a panel of judges. AstroPoetry will be judged based on originality, creativity, and imagination.

2. Winners will be announced on the AWB website and social media by mid-June

3. Grant of Rights: Each Entrant unconditionally transfers all rights, title, interest, claim, ideas, concepts, copyrighted materials and trademarks. Entries may be used in advertising, or any other AWB publicity.
- All winning poems may be posted to the AWB-GAM 2019 website unless requirements are not met or is deemed inappropriate for the contest. These same poems may be used for on AWB-GAM 2019 or future AWB-GAM social media outlets.

4. Please fill out all of the contact information on the submission form, including your first and last name, email address, and complete mailing address.  Submit the full name on the form exactly as you want it displayed on the certificate, should you win.

Winners will be announced in June 2019 via email and on the Astronomers Without Borders website. If we cannot confirm acceptance within four days of sending out the email, based on the accuracy of contact information provided by you, we will choose another winner. 

Thank you for your participation!  Good luck!    

Prizes are generously donated by our sponsors. Prizes will vary and winners are not guaranteed a specific prize.


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