Save the Earth Poetry Contest

Our 2016 'Save the Earth' Contest is closed.  We have received hundreds of wonderful poems from poets in the US, Canada, India, Taiwan, S. Korea and the EU.  We will read these poems in June and July and release the winning poems and poets on this site on August 1st.  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?.

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.