Poetry Contests!

Haiku by You - Submissions due by April 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm
"Haiku" is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

Limerick - Submissions due by April 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm. 
A limerick is a funny 5 line poem with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA. The third and fourth lines (BB) are shorter. Please remember to note the prohibition on sexually explicit content below. Several examples of “clean” limericks can be found on Wikipedia: Limerick (poetry).

Contest Rules:

Contests for UCF students only.

One entry per student per contest. If more than one entry is submitted by a student per contest, all the entries by that person will be disqualified from that contest.

Judges reserve the right to not select a winner due to limited submissions, or lack of exceptional submissions.

Entries with explicit sexual content will not be considered for this contest.


All qualified submissions for contests with a declared winner will be included in KnightVerse, the student writing contest section of STARS which is the UCF Libraries digital repository. Once a work is added to the repository it cannot be removed. If your work was disqualified for violating the contest rules (see contest rules for details), it will not be included in KnightVerse.

Submit your poem here

Winners will receive a #UCFLibrary water bottle and a Quiet Zone Rubber Ducky


Poems from 2020


The Little Things, Nikki Anne M. Ballelos

Poems from 2019


Together Apart, Abel Birchfield


Fountain Finals, Timothy Walker

Poems from 2017


Cardboard Skins, Serena Pancham


The Best Things in Life Are, Zoe Smith