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Poetry Contests

Since 2010, Belmont has sponsored a poetry contest for Metro Nashville Public School Elementary School students.  In 2018 for the first time, we sponsored a poetry contest for Metro Nashville Public School Middle School students.

This year's contests, 2020 "Favorite Place" Elementary School and 2020 "Voting and Democracy" Middle School Contest, were open last fall to students at MNPS elementary and middle schools respectively. 

Students submitted poems based on this year's theme and the top 5 from each contest will be selected by the Belmont English Club to be set to music with the aid of local professional songwriters.  The poems / songs will be placed online where folks can see the poem, hear the song and vote for their favorite one.

Links to more information about each contest, including links to last years songs until this year's are ready, can be found at the links below.

Elementary School Poetry Contest

Middle School Poetry Contest

The First Place winners in each contest will receive $500, to be split evenly between the poet and their teacher for their classroom.  Second Place winners receive $300, Third Place winners receive $200, and Fourth and Fifth Place winners each receive $100, all prizes being equally shared by the poets and their teachers for the classroom.