Cats and dogs are the inspiration for a contest that encourages children to dedicate a poem to their favorite furry friend. “Paws for Poetry” challenges boys and girls ages 7 through 12 to get poetic for their pets.
To participate, children may submit an original poem of any length about their pet. Along with a poem, they’re asked to provide a photo of the animal. Entries must be received by March 31.
The contest features two categories: Group One (ages 7 through 9) and Group Two (ages 10 through 12). A winner for each will be picked in time for the 13th anniversary of National Poetry Month in April.
A grand prize winner in each category will get a prize package worth $50. Two runners-up in each category will get a $25 gift package.
Children’s author and poet Darren Sardelli is the contest judge. Prizes are provided by online pet supply provider Drs. Foster and Smith.
The winning poem and pet photo will be highlighted in a Meet Me At the Corner video podcast.
Contest rules and entry guidelines are available at PawsforPoetry.org