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Young Pegasus Poetry Competition

San Antonio's annual poetry contest for children and teens.

Young Pegasus 2019

Submissions for the
2019 Young Pegasus
Poetry Competition accepted
September 15 through December 15, 2018.


Enter your poem online.


A Message to our Educational Colleagues

The San Antonio Public Library is looking for aspiring poets to enter the 2019 Young Pegasus Poetry Competition, a writing competition for students from preschool through high school, begun by the Library in 1927. You can encourage creativity, inspire a budding young writer, and make a significant difference in your students' lives by encouraging them to participate in this unique competition, now in its 93rd year.

Entries will be accepted between September 15 and December 15, 2018. Entries may be submitted by the individual poet or by the teacher as a class project.  However, we ask that you make certain the young poets are aware that their work is being submitted and have given their consent.

Whenever possible, we encourage you to submit your students' work online.  Electronic entries substantially decrease the amount of clerical work necessary to run the competition. However, if you need to submit student work in hard copy, please remember a few important points:

  • Poems must be submitted in ink.
  • Each poem must be on a separate sheet of paper.
  • All entries must have the poet’s complete contact information on the BACK of the poem in order to be considered. (Please refer to the rules for a listing of required contact information.)
  • Each poem must be the original work of a single poet.

Please be aware that if a class project generates poems that have many exact phrases in common, those poems will be considered plagiarized and will be disqualified. We encourage you to submit all poems, in accordance with the competition rules, without regard to subject or content. The Library’s panel of judges will consider all poems that comply with the competition rules.

For additional information, please call the Teen Coordinator's Office at 210.207.2567.  Librarians are willing and able to come to your classroom to talk to your students about the program. Please contact your closest branch to arrange such a visit. We appreciate your ongoing support of the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition and look forward to working with you and your students in the 2016-2017 school year.

Jennifer Velasquez, Coordinator of Teen Services
San Antonio Public Library