Save the Earth Poetry Contest

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?.

Here is what students and teachers need to know:

  • High school students, grades 10th, 11th and 12th, 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.
The seven winners of the 2015 ‘SAVE THE EARTH’ POETRY PRIZE are listed above. Please click on their names to read their poems.  If you particularly like a poem, please email us at and we'll forward your comments to the poet.  

For our 2016 Contest, please send submissions between March 1st and May 31st, 2016 to