RhyPiBoMo Golden Quill Poetry Contest

I’m pleased to announce the RhyPiBoMo Golden Quill Poetry Contest!

 RhyPiBoMo Poetry Contest Scroll


Please consider entering the contest for children’s writers…You MUST BE registered for and participate in RhyPiBoMo to enter!

Registration for RhyPiBoMo ends on April 16th.

See the details of the contest below.

 Poems must be submitted by 11:59 Central Time on April 26th for RhyPiBoMo registrants only!

The Rules:

1)    You must be a registered RhyPiBoMo participant to enter this contest!

2)    Write an original poem for children.

3)    Your poem must have no more than 32 lines maximum and no more than 200 words maximum. 

4)    It must be a rhyming poem.

5)    It must include at least 3 of the 5 senses: a sight, a sound, a smell, a taste, and/or a touch.

6)    Must be submitted to Angiekarcherrpbm@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on or before Saturday, April 26th.

7)    Attention must be paid to rhyme, rhythm, meter, punctuation, voice, scansion, alliteration, word stress, use of multiple syllable rhyming words, lyrical voice, descriptive words, following line/word count requirements and creativity.  Oh…and I personally love humor!

8)    All of the rules must be followed or the poem will be disqualified.

9)    By submitting your poem for the contest this means that you will allow me to post it on the blog for others to view. You will be given credit as the author and of course have full rights to your poem. I want to share it here for everyone to enjoy and to recognize a job well done!

 ADD your name, email address, phone number and a poem title to the top of your entry and please put your poem in the body of the email, NOT as an attachment. Thx! 

Here is a short, sample poem I wrote as an example on how to use the senses in your poem.


Bacon Wakin’

My nose knows the moment when the bacon hits the pan.

The lingering aroma of bacon hits the fan. (SMELL)

The “crack-crackle” calling of the Porky-Pig alarm, (NOISE)

Gets the taste buds moving, with some bacon-liken’ charm.

My rushing is rewarded, though burnt, I must confess. (TASTE)

The bacon wakin’ plan was successful, nonetheless.


Okay, this needs some work…but you get the idea. Be Playful, descriptive, and have fun with the language!


Now for the Prizes!


1st Place Winner

Scholarship for the upcoming The Craft of Writing Rhyme and Poetry for Kids generously donated by Mira Reisberg and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallan


2nd Place Winner

Scholarship for The Lyrical Language Lab Online Course generously donated by Renee La TuLippe


3rd Place Winner

Scholarship for The Making Picture Book Magic Online Course generously donated by Susanna Leonard Hill



The Winners will be announced

on May 3rd!

Thank you to our distinguished Judges:

Renee La Tulippe

Jill Esbaum

Tiffany Strelitz Haber

Angie Karcher

Soon I will post a tab on the blog with frequently asked questions. Until then, you may post your question on the Facebook page and I will address them.



So why, you ask, is there a poetry contest for

Rhyming Picture Book Month?

You must walk before you can run and writing poetry is a great way to get you thinking about how to best use language in a clever, entertaining way. We will study writing poetry the first three weeks of the event to help you understand the more formal process. Once you have this down, you can begin to use your poetry training when writing rhyming picture books.  I wish I had a few months to cross over more into the picture book area. I’ll think on that for next year.

This whole process has been quite a learning experience for me! Apparently, the best way to learn how to use a WordPress blog site is to host a writer’s challenge for hundreds of children’s writers…I only began blogging consistently in January so please have patience with me and forgive my mistakes as we go along.

Once this year is under my belt and I have a grasp for the logistics of it all, then maybe next year I will have a rhyming picture book manuscript contest.  I wasn’t ready to take that on this first year.

That said…I couldn’t be more pleased with our 35 truly amazing guest bloggers! They have been SO supportive and offered their time to write their blog posts with tried and true wisdom on how to improve our skills for writing rhyming picture books. They have also donated prizes! They have generously offered autographed books, critiques and scholarships without even a blink of an eye. Thank you Guest Bloggers!

I do plan on hosting RhyPiBoMo every April as it seems to be something that was lacking in the world of children’s writers. As of now, we have nearly 150 members in the RhyPiBoMo Facebook Group and I suspect that will continue to grow over time. Dawn Young has graciously offered to help organize rhyming/poetry critique groups for members. Join us there if you haven’t ventured over yet!

Yesterday, a friend, Carol Green shared this on Facebook and It really moved me to tears. I was compelled to share it with you as I think this is how we should all feel about writing. It is not an easy journey and we face lots of criticism, hurdles and feelings of failure along the way, yet we continue to write. I know I personally feel the same passion for writing that is similarly expressed in this video.

This is Cuba Gooding Jr.’s acceptance speech for his Oscar. Many of you may remember his exuberant, genuine appreciation for the recognition and praise from his peers. It is a joy to watch…but, the equally joyous part for me was watching the director, Lou Horvitz and his remarkable crew behind the scenes as he orchestrated the production from the cheap seats of his booth. These people behind the scenes are rarely recognized, yet make those on the stage, shining in gold, look stunning. I actually teared-up as the event closed and the celebration commenced behind the scenes. Cuba Gooding Jr. was exuberant but the folks in the booth celebrated their own job well done. They love their jobs so much that they do it with little praise or acknowledgement that someone starts the music, someone runs the cameras or someone cues the prompter. They were good at it. I suspect they do their jobs because they love it. That is how I want you to feel about writing for children, but especially writing in rhyme! You must love it, have a passion for it and do it because you will be empty if you don’t. And if you continue doing it because of your passion, your “Picture Book Oscar” will be in your hands soon!

Sorry to get so emotional but it’s Cuba’s fault…he started it!

Please take a second to watch this short video. Watch it all the way through as the ending is the best part!



Cuba Gooding JrOkay, I really can’t watch this without tears!

21 thoughts on “RhyPiBoMo Golden Quill Poetry Contest

  1. Angie, this is all new for me, but I’m going to give this challenge my best shot. I admire your tenacity and the heart you have put into bringing RhyPiBoMo to reality. I remember watching Cuba’s acceptance speech and shedding those happy tears. Thanks for sharing the video of a happy time. Wishing you and those associated with RhyPiBoMo all the best for a successful Month Of Poetry.

  2. Charlotte,
    I’m so happy you are here to share this journey with me! You are such a good friend and I appreciate your friendship and support everyday! Lets get our rhyme on!

  3. Angie, you have put together an awesome event for all of us in the kid lit world. Children need and love good poetry. Did I miss show to register?

  4. OMG…Angie…you made my day with that video! Cuba’s enthusiasm was amazing…but the spot-on camera direction behind the scenes was inspiring.:)
    And WOW…hip hip hooray for putting rhyme and contests and picture books all together in one awesome spot…RhyPiBoMo! Beam me up, Scottie. 🙂

  5. I love to rhyme and I am pretty good at it. Everything that I write is in rhyme except for two previously published books. My third one is in rhyme. I have written 8 books that I would love to publish and they are in rhyme as well. Today I wrote my rhyme for the contest. I did have fun with the words especially,because I am from the south and speak with a southern accent. I hope you like my rhyme.

  6. i have a question: I have a PB manuscript. My verse is in quatrains, ABCB. I have two characters. When each speak they get a new line but it is messing up the quatrain, not the meter. Is there a solution? If you have quotes around each short sentence but must start a new line for each speaker, what is a poet to do? Call it Open verse and let it be?

  7. Hi Jennifer! Ahh, the challenge of writing in rhyme! LOL Without seeing your manuscript it’s tough to advise. Adding dialogue is even trickier! You have placed rules on your verse where each person gets their own line, the rhyme scheme is ABCB…can you add a couplet between quatrains to break up the dialogue and move the story along?

    So it would be ABCB, DD, ABCB, EE, etc…
    As long as you keep a structure and follow the rules that you create, it should work fine. Remember, there are rules in poetry, but the most important thing is to remain consistent and precise with your structure.
    Best of luck! ~Angie

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  10. I write a lot in rhyme but it is never encouraged from everything that you read, so thank you for this! Maybe everything cannot be in rhyme but there are some very popular timeless classics that are written in rhyme and there is always room for more in the future! Thank you for your encouragement this is truly a great opportunity to learn.

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