Save the Earth Poetry Contest

We are delighted to announce the winders of our 2016 'Save the Earth' Contest.  We have received hundreds of wonderful poems from poets in the US, Canada, India, Taiwan, S. Korea and the EU. 

Please click on the names to the left to read the winning poems.  If you particularly like a poem or wish to comment, please email us at:  We will forward your comments to the poet.

We especially thank the teachers who direct their student poets to our contest as we believe that high school nature poetry should be read, recognized and celebrated.

The 'Save the Earth' Poetry Prize complements John Felstiner’s book Can Poetry Save the Earth?  A Field Guide to Nature Poems and is offered annually by John Felstiner, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University and Charles Weeden, The Weeden Foundation.  We have seven winners each receiving a check for $200. and a copy of Can Poetry Save the Earth?.

Our 2017 contest will accept poems beginning in March, 2017.  Here is what students and teachers need to know:

  • High school students, grades 10th, 11th and 12th, are invited to enter.  No entry fee.  Email to:
  • 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.