Found Poetry Contest

Deadline: 4 May 2019
Open to: teenagers from all over the world
Award: public post of work on the New York Times


A good nutshell description of a “found poems” would be “poems that are composed of words and phrases found in another text.” A New York Times found a poem, then, uses words and phrases taken from one or more Times articles, past or present — and since the paper has been publishing since 1851, choosing which Times article(s) to use is often the hardest part.

You can mix and combine these words and phrases into a new piece, or you might simply “find” some Times writing that you think is already poetic.

For more detail about found poetry and its history and classroom uses, it is suggested an article from English Journal, “Found and Headline Poems.”


 — Each poem must be 14 lines or fewer;

— You may give it your own original title if you like. The title does not count as one of the lines;

— Your sole source material must be Times pieces. You can use up to two articles;

— The poem should use no more than two of your own words. The rest of the words and phrases can be mixed up any way you like, but should all come from The Times. (You may repeat words from the articles as many times as you like.);

— You might choose to write in a traditional poetic form, or not;

— Poems may be submitted by groups or by individuals. Only one poem per person is allowed, however.;

— You must be from 13 to 19 years old but can be from anywhere in the world.


Winners and their work are always honored in the LEARNING, which is The New York Times education section, with special posts that go out to the entire audience.

How to apply?

For more information, please visit the official web page.