Young American Poetry Digest

School Information

Librarians and Teachers,

Thank you for considering this National Schools Project. Each year for the past twenty-three years, schools across the nation have been invited to participate in this project.

The National Schools Project is committed to working with teachers and librarians throughout the United States. Each participating school receives a free copy of the book and has the possibility of winning a $100 award for the most student poems accepted. Your school may be one of the schools receiving awards for the most accepted submissions. Here is the list of the 10 schools receiving awards in 2017.

Student security and privacy are our greatest concerns and ones that we have successfully addressed over the twenty-three years of the project. Student information is not disclosed to any outside party nor is the student’s name published with any information that may connect him/her to their school, address or locality. Individual student information is not retained, but is destroyed upon publication of the book.

Poetry can be submitted online or through the mail. Please refer to the poetry submission guidelines for the information required for each submission.


Submission Deadline – March, 2019 (Postmarked)

  •  Poems should be no more than 80 words in length.
  •  Submissions may be handwritten or typed.
  •  There is NO LIMIT on the number of submissions from each teacher or librarian.
  • A student may submit multiple poems, but each student is limited to one page of poetry.

Please no shape poems.

Mail Submission Guidelines 

Online Submission Guidelines

A free copy of the 2019 Young American Poetry Digest goes to your school library.