Save the Earth Poetry Contest

The 'Save the Earth' Poetry Prize, in response to John Felstiner’s book Can Poetry Save the Earth?  A Field Guide to Nature Poems is now offered annually by John Felstiner, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University and Charles Weeden, The Weeden Foundation.

Here is what students and teachers need to know:

  • High school students, grades 11 & 12, are invited to enter.  No entry fee.
  • Poems submitted should, in any way possible, evoke humankind’s awareness of the natural world and nature as such.
  • One submission per student. There’s no restriction on form or length.
  • Please include in your email your name, school grade, high school with town and state, and name of your English teacher.
  • Poems should be submitted in English and in either Microsoft Word or .PDF.
For the 2015 Contest, please send submissions between March 1st and May 31st, 2015, to
The seven winners of the 2014 ‘SAVE THE EARTH’ POETRY PRIZE are listed above. Please read their poems and send comments to  
Thank you.