Lafayette Youth Poetry Prize

Lafayette Youth Poetry Prize

The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and ARTS!Lafayette are proud to present

(For information about the adult Michael Adams Poetry Prize)

Call for entries

Youth entries may be made in two language categories (English and Spanish) for three grade categories (K-3, 4-5, 6-8)*. Cash prizes will be awarded for winning poems in each language. 1st place $25; 2nd place $20; and 3rd place $15. A grand prize of $50 will be awarded for an English and a Spanish poem.

Youth Guidelines

  • Poets must live or attend school in Lafayette, Colorado.
  • Entries must be received by Friday, March 20, 2020; 5:00 pm
  • Entries are limited to two poems per poet. An entry form must be attached to each poem submitted.
  • If you are a teacher submitting work on behalf of students, please pre-screen poems and submit no more than five entries per age group for each language.
  • Please be sure to follow the directions on the application form to insure that judging is blind.
  • For complete information and entry form: English Spanish

CASH Prizes!

View the LYPP Flyer in Spanish.
View the LYPP Flyer in English
High School Students may submit to the Adult event in the fall of each year.

FREE Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony

Free event – poetry reading and awards ceremony.
The community is invited to hear the finalists read their poetry at the:
2020 Youth Poetry Prize Reading
April 25, 2020; 2:00 pm
THE COLLECTIVE~ Community Arts Center
201 N. Public Road

A note about Michael Adams: 

Michael Adams was a founding board member of ARTS!Lafayette and longtime member and chair of Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission as well as a talented poet. He had a passion for poetry, the arts and community. He was an intelligent, thoughtful and guiding force for many. He had a huge heart and was a stellar volunteer. He lost his life to cancer in September 2013; this contest is held in his honor.