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St. Louis Shelter In / Share Out Poetry Collection Project – Submit Now!

In honor of National Poetry Month this April, and finding ourselves in a most unique situation, the Novel Neighbor is creating a poetry collection that features the work of children in the St. Louis community. We are calling it the “St. Louis Shelter In / Share Out Poetry Collection”.

Educators and parents—feel free to work this into your distance learning curricula, or it can be a fun way to pass the time…we are sure that your kids all have a lot to say at this moment! While they are more than welcome to write about sheltering in place/current events, we are accepting poetry on any topic. They are free to write about anything they’d like.

It is our intent to bind and print the poems in June. The poetry collection will be sold as a fundraiser for the Novel Neighbor so that we can remain here, doing what we love to do, for our community.



Kids in grades K-12 can submit one (1) poem, no longer than one (1) page. Illustrations are welcome, but not required. All topics/subject matter are accepted. All poetry must be submitted by May 26. 

Entry Fee

The cost to enter is $5. Once you hit “Submit” you will be taken to PayPal to complete payment. If you are unable to cover the cost of the entry fee, please email hello[at]thenovelneighbor.com.


Poetry Resources

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Foundation 


Children’s Poetry Books

To order any of these titles through the Novel Neighbor, click here.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets – Kwame Alexander
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat – Nikki Giovanni
This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness – Joyce Sidman
•  UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings – Douglas Florian
The Ghostly Carousel – Calef Brown
Scranimals – Jack Prelutsky
No More Poems! A Book in Verse that Just Gets Worse – Rhett Miler
Step Gently Out – Helen Frost
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature – Joyce Sidman
This Place I know: Poems of Comfort – Georgia Heard (Editor)
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems – Paul B. Janeczko
If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries: Poems for Children and Their Parents – Judith Viorst
The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems – Paul B. Janeczko
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups – Chris Harris
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems – Bob Raczka



If you have issues or questions about submitting this form, please email stephanie[at]thenovelneighbor.com

Entry Form

  • Please include your child's name in the file name. For example: MarySmith_PoemTitle.pdf
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
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