Poetry Contest

How to enter the 2022 contest:

The 2022 Paterson student poetry contest has concluded. To view this year’s winners, click the button below. 

The Paterson Student Poetry Contest has been an integral part of TAPP’s programming since its inception in 1988. It was meant to give Paterson youth a chance to write and participate in the creative process. Over the years, thousands of students have submitted poems illustrating the challenges they face, the wide range of emotions they experience and what it’s like to grow up in the Silk City. 

Today, the Contest continues to be available to Paterson students grades one through twelve. Professional poets judge entries and select winners who are published in an anthology, receive awards, and are later invited to a poetry reading and awards ceremony. New themes are selected each year to inspire students to write about subjects they may not think of otherwise. 

2021 Paterson Student Poetry Anthology

Anthology for the 2021 Paterson Student Poetry Contest, facilitated by the Theater and Poetry Project at Passaic County Community College
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2021 Awards Ceremony & Poetry Reading

Anthology Archives

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