April Student Poetry Showcase

The Virginia War Memorial Foundation is proud to announce its second annual virtual poetry showcase in honor of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month this April 2022.

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters.

Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives.

We will be accepting poetry from Virginia students of all ages (K-12). Submissions will be highlighted on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation’s website for the entire month of April, designated as National Poetry Month and the Month of the Military Child in the United States.

The prompt for this year’s poetry showcase is:

“What it means to be free”

Click on each student’s name to read the submission:

Sophia B., 7th Grade, Chesapeake

Fallon F., 4th Grade, Henrico County

Jadyn P., 11th Grade Patrick County

Isabella P., 6th Grade, Chesterfield County

Zyonna S., 11th Grade, Dinwiddie County

Add your submission here

Submit your Student Poetry

We are currently accepting submissions and will begin sharing them on our website April 1.
Submissions will be added throughout the month of April.

Poetry Showcase Submission Form

  • Y/N and who, if you would like.
  • If you would like to receive a certificate for participating in this showcase, please include your address.

  • PDF format required.
    Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 128 MB.

Click below to see the entries for the 2022 Student Poetry Showcase:


Click below to see the entries for the 2021 Student Poetry Showcase: