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Young Pegasus Poetry Competition

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

Young Pegasus 2024

Submissions for the
2024 Young Pegasus
Poetry Competition accepted
October 1, 2023 through November 30, 2023


Enter your poem online.



For Teachers and Teacher Librarians

The San Antonio Public Library invites poets to enter the 2024 Young Pegasus Poetry Competition, a writing competition for children and teens from preschool through high school, begun by the Library in 1927.

Support creativity, inspire young writers, and make a significant difference in your students' lives by encouraging them to participate in this unique competition.

Entries will be accepted between October 1 and November 30, 2023.

Teachers, please:

  • Submit students' work online. (One poem per submission)
  • Certify that the students' class work is eligible for display/inclusion in the San Antonio Public Library’s 2023 Young Pegasus Poetry Anthology, if selected.
  • Make students aware that their class work is being submitted and have given their consent
  • Include a valid personal email address for the student. A parent's email may be used if the student does not have their own email address. Student school email addresses should be avoided as email from outside your organization may be rejected.

A note about class projects (and those "I am " poems):
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.

We'd love to speak to your class!
SAPL Librarians are glad to visit your classroom/ library (in-person, via Zoom or the platform of your choice!) to speak with your students about the program.

A big thank you!
The San Antonio Public Library appreciates your ongoing support of the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition and look forward to working with you and your students this year!

For additional information or to arrange a class visit, please call the Teen Library @ Central at 210-207-2567

Jennifer Velasquez, Coordinator of Teen Services

Cresencia Huff, Coordinator of Children's Services