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Young Pegasus Poetry Competition

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

Young Pegasus 2021

Submissions for the
2021 Young Pegasus
Poetry Competition accepted
April 1 through April 30, 2021.


Enter your poem online.



Competition Rules

2021 Competition Rules ​​​​​​

Please pay particular attention to the items in RED.  This color designation identifies recent rule changes. 

  1. Entrants must be age 18 or under AND live or attend school in Bexar County.
  2. Each poet may submit up to five (5) poems, and each poem must be submitted as a separate online entry.
  3. Each entry must be no more than 1000 words. Poems more than 1000 words will not be considered. (Edit, edit, edit! J)
  4. Entries are accepted online. 
  5. Hard-copy entries may be mailed to:

Central Library
            600 Soledad
            San Antonio, Texas 78205
            Attention: Young Pegasus
or may be submitted in person at any branch of the San Antonio Public Library System.

If poems are handwritten, poets are urged to retain a copy of their work, as originals will not be returned. Illustrations should not be included.

Personal identifying information should appear ONLY ON THE BACK of hard copies (Do not include any identifying information on the front of the poem.)

 On the back of the hard copy, please include:

     Poet's full name and age.
     Grade and name of school or the words “Home School”
     Home address, including apartment number, if applicable, and ZIP code
     Telephone number or the words "no phone"
     Email address if available

If a poem relies on special formatting, the library cannot guarantee the integrity of formatting for any entry.

  1. Entries submitted in a language other than English or Spanish must include an English translation.
  2. Each poem may have no more than two authors.
  3. Poems must not be submitted without the poet's knowledge and consent.
  4. Poems must be original works and may not be copied from any source. Poems found to be copied or plagiarized in whole or in part will be disqualified, along with all additional work submitted by that poet.
  5. Entries will be accepted between April 1 and April 30, 2021. Late entries will not be accepted, and will not be held over to the following year.
  6. Selected poets will be notified. Poets whose work is not selected will not be notified.