“We read, recite, learn and write poems in order to fix in our memory precious truths and lasting feelings. Poetry existed long before the alphabet, and served ancient cultures as a way of remembering the stories that defined them. In our world of print and electronic media, poetry retains its ancient power.”
The Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest was initiated in 1998 and remains today one of the most successful and treasured programs of the Lake Placid Institute. It originated from a recognition that poetry is not only a fundamental literary art but also a form of writing that can be easily made accessible to students of all ages. Each year we receive over 300 entries from students in grades 1-12 in public, private & home schools within and around the Adirondack Park.
April is National Poetry Month!! To acknowledge it we have made our deadline and awards coincide with this event! Submissions will be accepted through March 1, 2024.
Poems are judged by local Poets. Selected poems will be published in the booklet, “Words from the Woods”. In the past, Poets chosen for special merit will have the opportunity to recite their work at an awards ceremony in April. The date and location of the ceremony will be announced at a later date.
All poems can be emailed to ADKPOETRY@GMAIL.COM before March 1st, 2024
They can also be mailed to address below