Save the Earth Poetry Contest

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, we will understand only what we are taught."           Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist

We are delighted to announce our 2017 'Save the Earth' Contest.  Over the past 6 years, we have received thousands of poems from high school poets around the world. 

Please click on the names to the left to read the 2016 winning poems.  If you 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, author of Poems of Yosemite.  

Our 2017 contest commences March 1st and closes on May 31st.  The 2017 winners will be announced on August 1st.  Here is what our high school poets need to know to enter:

  • 7 winners each year.  Each poet receives a check for $200 and a copy of Can Poetry Save the Earth?
  • High school poets, grades 10th, 11th and 12th, are invited to enter.  No entry fee.  Email poem 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 either in Microsoft Word or .PDF.