Student Contest

                                                    Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
                                                         Student Poetry Contest
The 33rd Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering takes place on the campus of Sul Ross State University on February 22-23, 2019. Join in the fun! Write and submit a cowboy poem. All entries are due by Friday, December 14th. Winners will be announced on February 14th 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, February 21st 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.