Student Contest

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Student Poetry Contest

The 29th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering takes place on the campus of Sul Ross State University on February 27-28, 2015. Join in the fun! Write and submit a cowboy poem. All entries are due by Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Winners will be announced on February 13th on, in area papers and need not be present to win. We are asking each student and parent to please complete a release form and submit it with their poem.

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

2015 Results

TCPG Student Poetry Contest Winners
Level I
First Place: “Bucky Joe” by Clancey Newman
Second Place: “SweetPea Chick Chick” by Megan Luna
Third Place: “Cowboys” by Joe Tucker and Bill Fullhart

Level II
First Place: “Cowgirl in Pearls” by Finley Moore
Second Place: “Riding Home” by Jace Parker
Third Place: “My Dad” by Madeline West

Level III
First Place: “Mom’s Best Mare” by Jayden Parker
Second Place: “Mauricio the Vaquero” by Angelina Taylor
Third Place: “Spooked” by Faith Ann Boultinhouse

Level IV
“Cowboy Ways by Tristan Galindo
“From Coast to Desert” by Josh Haylock
“The Small One” by Bailey Barlow

Level V
First Place: “A Long Ride Home” by Alexis Bowers
Second Place: “The Grinch of the West” by Maggie Perron
Third Place: “The End” by Titus Ou

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
School Grade Level & Contest Level

Each poet will also need to submit a Texas Cowboy Poetry Release form. 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 the “Young Uns” session Saturday, February 28th, at 11:00 a. m. at Briscoe Administration Building Room 302 and encouraged to attend the “Carrying on the Tradition” session given by our poet’s and their children.

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.

Student Contest Release