Student Contest

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Student Poetry Contest 2018 Winners

Level 1
Sagers, Lily, “A Cowboy,” Dirks-Anderson Elementary, 1st Place
Holland, Harper, “. . . I Wake Up in the Marfa Sun,” Alpine Christian School, 2nd Place
Horn, Madeleine, “Crazy Cowboys” [tie], Alpine Christian School, 3rd Place
Lara, Camila,  “One More Day” [tie], Dirks-Anderson Elementary, 3rd Place
Level 2
Corbin, Maisie, “The Old Dry Creek,” Dirks-Anderson Elementary, 1st Place
Tucker, Joe, “The Annoying Desert Frog,” Alpine Christian School, 2nd Place
Ritzi, Teresa, “Stallions,” Alpine Christian School, 3rd Place
Level 3
Miles, John, “Rusty Old Windmill,” Dirks-Anderson Elementary, 1st Place
Smith, Abilene, “The Cactus,” Mandarin Immersion Magnet School (Houston), 2nd Place
McBride, Mason, “Cows,” Alpine Christian School, 3rd Place
Level 4
Miller, Jordan, “A Veteran, A Cowboy, A Great Grandfather,” Valentine School, 1st Place
Karleen, Melodie, “Ode to My Moccasins,” Home-school, Alpine, 2nd Place
No other entries at this level
Level 5
Kuhlman, Samantha, “A Good One Lost,” Valentine School, 1st Place
Karleen, Noelle, “Bull Durham,” Home-School, Alpine, 2nd Place
Means, Evan, “Her Greatest Wish,” Valentine School, 3rd Place


The 32nd Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering takes place on the campus of Sul Ross State University on March 2-3, 2018. Join in the fun! Write and submit a cowboy poem. All entries are due by Friday, December 15th. Winners will be announced on February 16th on, in area papers and need not be present to win.

GRADE LEVELS: (1st – 2nd – 3rd place winners in each level)

Grades K-1-2 Level I

Grades 3-4 Level II

Grades 5-6 Level III

Grades 7-8 Level IV

Grades 9-12 Level V

  • Topics must be related to ranch life (cowboys, cowgirls, livestock, rodeo, ranch pets, environment, etc.)
  • Poems must be a minimum of eight lines (four at Level I) and a maximum of two pages.
  • Poems may be handwritten or typed (double-spaced if typed) and must be the original work of the student.
  • Only one entry is allowed from each student for placement in the contest.
  • Poems written in a language other than English must have a translation attached.
  • No illustrations or decorations should adorn the paper.
  • Poems are judged on creativity, originality, figurative language, appropriateness of content, and structure (traditional form–that is: rhyme, rhythm, voice, stanzaic pattern, and other elements which comprise poetry).

Each poem must have the following information printed legibly on the back of each page:

Student’s Name and Phone Number & (e-mail address)

School or Homeschool (if Homeschool address to send certificate or plaque to)

School Grade Level & Contest Level


Each poet will receive a certificate of participation, with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners receiving special plaque awards; and all are invited to read their poems in a special program on Thursday, March 1st at 1:30 pm at Marshall Auditorium on the campus of Sul Ross State University. All students who participate are invited to this session. We will have some special Poet’s there to give them a show and then the awards ceremony.

Please mail your entries to the following address or email them to

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering

P. O. Box 395

Alpine, TX 79831

Questions contact Ida Hoelscher at 432-386-6404. Thanks for your participation.