Studios host poetry contest

In celebration of National Poetry Month, and Robert Frost (1874-1963), The Studios of Key West will host the Annual Children and Teen Poetry Contest this April. The contest is open to all Monroe County children & teens.

Students are encouraged to submit poems (up to three per student) by May 4. Children ages 6-12 and teens ages 13-18 can mail or drop off their work at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. Students may also submit entries by emailing Students should include their name, parent or guardian’s name, phone number and age with submissions. Poetry can be any length, based on any subject, and be rhymed or unrhymed. Teachers may also submit the work of their students.

Cash prizes are $150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place, in each age category.

The Florida Keys have a special connection with Robert Frost, who won four Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry, and wintered many years at the garden cottage of the Heritage House in Key West.

Through funds established by the Jeane and Jessie Porter Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, the contest for children and teenagers was created in his honor, and nurtures and develops the interest of budding poets, and their vital connection to the Keys’ creative spirit.

Winners will be announced online and recognized at a (TBA: online or in-person) reception and public reading in late May.

Info: Michelle Boscamp,, The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St.; 305-296-0458. ¦

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