2022 High School Contest and Anthology


The contest is open to any high school student (grades 9-12) residing in the San Francisco Bay Area (not limited to Marin County). We are working hard to reach underrepresented students whose writing has not been included in past contests or anthologies.

Submission Period: November 15, 2021 – February 15, 2022

Editors: Erin Rodoni and Lauren Howard

Contest Judge: Judy Halebsky

Entries per person: Maximum 3 poems per person. Each poem should begin on a new page. Individual poems should be no more than 2 pages. Poems should be formatted in a clearly readable font such as Arial or Times New Roman, in 12-point  size.

Please remember that the size of the final printed anthology is fairly small, so long lines will often end up spilling over to an indented next line. You may prefer to submit poems with shorter lines.

Poems should be included in one attachment as a .doc or .docx  or .pdf file. Do not put any identifying information in the document or in the name of the document.

There are no restrictions on subject, form, or theme.

Submissions will be judged on:

  • Courage of expression
  • Originality of language
  • Skill in poetic technique


Guidelines for the 2022 High School Poetry Contest and Anthology

The contest is open to any high school student (grades 9-12) residing in the San Francisco Bay Area (not limited to Marin County). We are working hard to reach underrepresented students whose writing has not been included in past contests or anthologies.

Submissions are limited to 3 poems per student. All poems should be organized in a single document (doc, docx, or pdf), with each poem beginning on a new page. No identifying information should be included in this document or in the file name.

Poems should be no longer than 2 pages* using a 12-point plain font

*We have increased the page limit from 1 to 2 pages, but this will be a strict limit. Poems that use columns to get around the page limit will be disqualified. If you use columns, make sure it is a formal choice that adds meaning to the poem, for example the poem can be read both horizontally and vertically. 

Please address any questions to: highschool@marinpoetrycenter.org

There are no restrictions on subject, form, or theme. 

Submissions will be judged on:

  • Courage of expression
  • Originality of language
  • Skill in poetic technique

At least 50 poems will be selected for inclusion in the anthology, and those poets will be invited to participate in an awards ceremony and reading in spring of 2022 (date and time TBA).

Additionally, our esteemed judge Judy Halebsky, an award winning poet and Director the the MFA program at Dominican University, will select 3 winning poems and at least 3 honorable mentions.

There are monetary prizes for the winners:

1st place: $200

2nd place: $100

3rd place: $75

Marin Poetry Center