Participate in the Words & Wonders Poetry Contest

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

As we continue to encourage creativity and writing, our next theme of Words & Wonders will be “Music.”

We are challenging poets across Central Florida to submit written and spoken word poetry about music! Music has such a universal appeal and means different things to different people. We would love to see and hear that expressed through our amazing poets and celebrate the creative words and stories that arise out of this incredible community! 


Step 1.Review submission guidelines

Poems should be original work and short, no longer than 12 lines if written and no longer than 3 minutes if spoken. 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.

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 February 11, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Submit your work now

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 February 14, 2022, 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.