Poetry Contest


Enter our 2019 contest for the chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Postmark Deadline is April 30th


All BASIC Fund recipients in kindergarten through grade 8 are invited to participate. There are three grade categories for awards: K-2, 3-5, 6-8


Entries must be poetry or poetry-based, with the theme to be of the student’s choosing. All submissions must be the student’s original work and shouldn’t be significantly derived from another writer’s work. No hands other than the student’s own should be involved in the creation of the poetry.

Poetry can be submitted via email or mail. If via mail, it should be no larger than 8.5 inches by 11 inches. Students may only enter one piece of poetry each. Multiple entries from a family can be sent in one package or email. All entries must include a completed contest Entry Form included with this sheet. Spanish Entry Form here.

Winners will be selected in each of the grade-level categories to receive a gift certificate for $50 to Amazon.


Entries must be postmarked or emailed by April 30th, 2019. Winners will be informed via email and announced by June 1st on our website. If submitting by email, please direct to stories@basicfund.org


Review and complete the Guidelines and Entry Form and submit it with your poem (and artist's statement) to:


The BASIC Fund

1301 Clay Street #70450

Oakland, CA 94612

Students may have their work featured in BASIC Fund materials and web pages. Poetry will only be returned if it is submitted with an address label for reuse of your original packaging (preferred) or a self-addressed, stamped envelope of the correct size.

It may take until early July to return all the requested poetry, depending on the number of entries.