Mattie J.T. Stepanek Poetry Contest
Celebrate National Poetry Month in April and submit your work for the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Poetry Contest.
“A heartsong doesn’t have to be a song. It can be your message, your feeling—some people might even call it a conscience. Even though that’s not really what it is. It’s what you feel you need to do.” - Mattie J.T. Stepanek
The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Poetry Contest is seeking heartsongs about heroes working for peace, human rights and the environment.
This poetry contest is unique in that it is open to poets, artists, filmmakers, and spoken word artists. See below for contest requirements for the different categories.
Submissions for the 2020 contest are now open. Deadline is 5PM PST 5/1. Winners will be announced on this page in May 2020.
Write an original poem about a hero (for example, those working for peace, human rights, and the environment).
Poems can be of any length, but we recommend no more than three, double-spaced, 8 1/2 x 11 pages.
How to Submit
Register for a MY HERO account
Submit your poem through the Create program.
Check the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Poetry Contest checkbox.
Winner for Best Original Poem will receive a cash award.
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Best Film Category
Create a film illustrating a poem (make sure you have permission to use the poem or the poem is in the public domain).
Please include the poem illustrated in a Word document.
See examples of films illustrating poems here.
Be sure you have the rights to the original poem that you are illustrating.
Create a recording of a spoken word performance or a recitation of an original poem.
Create an illustration to go along with an original poem or public domain poem about a hero (for example, those working for peace, human rights, and the environment). Explore the relationship between image and poetry. Consider what the image reflects about the poem and how it augments or complicates our understanding of the poem.
The illustration can be done in any media and will be uploaded through the Create Program.
When choosing a poem to illustrate consider the following:
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