Poet's Corner Contest

The Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department and the City of Modesto’s Poets’ Corner Committee announce the 35th Annual Poets’ Corner Contest. The submission period for this contest is now open. View the Submission Form (PDF).


The contest is open to all Stanislaus County residents and offers two categories for poetry entries:
  • General: Poetry on any subject, in any style, including rhymed, unrhymed, free verse, sonnet, haiku (group of three accepted), ballad, etc.
  • 2016 Special: Our future world - poems about and for the future-yours, mine and/ or ours.
Entries are limited to the following:
  • Two poems per person.
  • Unpublished poems.
  • May not exceed 32 lines.
  • All entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 11, 2016 or submitted electronically by 11:59 on Friday, March 11, 2016.
  • Submit 3 copies of each poem with separate entry form for each different poem (if
  • submitting 2 poems).
  • Names should only be written on entry forms and not on the poems.
  • No plagiarism or offensive language.

For Online Submissions

Include one cover page with poet's name, address, email and title(s) of poem(s). If poet is a student, then indicate grade, school and name of teacher. Submit cover page and 1 copy of each poem in .doc, .docx or .pdf format to this email.

Entry forms and complete contest rules may be downloaded from the City of Modesto’s website or can be picked up at the following locations:
  • Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department, Office - 1010 Tenth Street, Suite 4400
  • McHenry Museum, 1402 I Street
  • McHenry Mansion Visitors Center and Gift Shop - 924 15th Street
  • Stanislaus County Library - 1500 I Street
  • Maddux Youth Center, 615 Sierra Drive
  • King Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 S Martin Luther King Drive
Contest winners will be notified by mail and the winning poems will be read at the Poets’ Corner Contest Reception to be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 1 p.m. on the Main Floor at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I Street.

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet that will be placed in the Poets’ Bookshelf, which contains published works by local writers and will be kept at the McHenry Museum. Each winner will receive a copy of the booklet.