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Annual Poetry Contest

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In 2010, Belmont began partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools to sponsor a poetry contest in conjunction with Belmont's Annual Family Literacy Day.  First through fourth grade students are invited to submit original poems based on the current year's theme.

This year's theme for the 10th Annual Contest is "Favorite Character" and was open to students from Metro Nashville Elementary Schools. Children in first through fourth grades in Metro Public Schools were invited to compose a 12 to 16 line poem about their favorite character from a book or story.  Five finalists were selected by the Belmont English Club.  The Top 5 poets worked with local professional songwriters Sherrié Austin, Bill McDermott, Samuel Pritchett, Will Rambeaux and Olivia Rudeen to set their poems to music.

This year's winners will be announced at Belmont's 19th Annual Family Literacy Day on March 30, 2019. Prize money ($500 - 1st, $300 2nd, $200 3rd, $100 each 4th and 5th) was split between the poet and their classroom teacher to benefit their class.  Please enjoy this year's songs and vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page!


  1. Alone {lyrics}
  2. Annabeth, Daughter of Athena {lyrics}
  3. Not Ordinary {lyrics}
  4. The Factory {lyrics}
  5. Winn Dixie {lyrics}