Participate in the Words & Wonders Poetry Contest

Do you want to share your poetry with the City of Orlando?

The City of Orlando encourages you to find your poetic voice in our community writing challenge, Words and Wonders - Flight Edition.

We are looking for creative energy around the theme of flight and travel. Winning poems will be displayed at the Orlando International Airport this summer.

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Step 1.Review submission guidelines

Poems should be original work and short, no longer than 8 lines. Poems can include free verse, rhymes, etc., whatever suits your vision of the poem. Even a haiku of 17 syllables can seize a moment and give it lasting impact. Writers of all ages are welcome. Writers under 18 are requested to list their age in their entry.

Photos of inspiration can be included but are not required.

Writers of all ages are welcome. Writers under 18 are requested to list their age in their entry. The challenge is open to residents of Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. First place winners can only win once a year. 

Step 2.Submit your work by May 13, 2024 at 4 p.m. 

Submit your poetry

Step 3.We will review submissions

Orlando’s Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome will review and choose poems to share with the community, and recognized poets will receive prizes. Winners will be announced the week of May 20, 2024, on the City of Orlando's social media channels and will be contacted directly. Each winner will receive a custom Words & Wonders journal and thank you letter from Mayor Dyer.