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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.

The theme for this year's 11th Annual Elementary School Poetry Contest will be "Favorite Place" from a book or story, and children from Metro Nashville Elemenatry Schools will submit poems about their favorite animal in literature. Five finalists will be selected by the Belmont English Club and the poets will be invited to campus to set their poem to music with the help of local professional songwriters.

Last year's theme for the 10th Annual Contest was "Favorite Character" and 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.

Last year's winners, listed in finishing order below, were 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!


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