All elementary school students in the Belmont public schools are invited to submit a poem!

Our mud-luscious spring theme is inspired by the poem, “In Just-” by e. e. cummings and by our guest poet-judge, Matthew Burgess and his work with students in the New York elementary schools. Though we are inspired by spring, please know that all poetry submissions will be accepted!

Parents and Teachers:  Find Matthew’s inspirational lesson plan for our spring poetry contest here: When the World is Mud-Luscious A New Lesson for An Old Favorite.

Contest Guidelines

Students should meet this criteria:

  • Original poem
  • Belmont public elementary school student
  • Complete entry form

Deadline: Entries must be received by Friday, April 14th – later than 3 p.m.

Poems will selected based on originality, conditions of site location, and thematic connections. Poems may be reproduced for the project in part or in complete form at the discretion of the judges. Students are encouraged to use the lesson plan as inspiration, but please know that all poems will be accepted.

There are two ways to submit a poem with an Entry Form.

  1. Email your poem in a text document – preferred entry – (plain text, Word, or Google Doc) to Please use any spacing or fonts you like – we will do our best to ensure the integrity of the poem in reproduction. Excerpts of poems may be used for the project.
  2. Submit a paper entry. You may send or drop off those entries to
    ATTN: Butler PTA – Kate Bowen, Daniel Butler Elementary School, 90 White St., Belmont MA 02478.
    **All entries must include an Entry Form.**

Deadline: Entries must be received by Friday, April 14th – later than 3 p.m.