The Peace Corps Poetry Contest


In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, Peace Corps announces its first annual poetry contest, to run from April 1-30.All current and returned Volunteers are invited to submit poems for consideration by April 30.

Submission requirements:* Up to three original works of written poetry that highlight one’s volunteer experience and promotes the Third Goal of Peace Corps.* Poems must be less than 300 words and free of inappropriate content or copyrighted material.

* Poems must be written primarily in English, with footnotes explaining non-English words.

Poems will be reviewed by a panel of judges and the winners will be announced in May.

Visit our website for more information and submission guidance.

Prizes:1st place: Winning poems will be printed on a custom poster that will be distributed to the winners and will be proudly displayed at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C and regional offices across the United States.

Winners and runners-up will receive special edition Peace Corps Moleskine leather journals.

Thank you for sharing your service through poetry,

Octavius Jones

Third Goal Program Support Assistant, RPCV Botswana

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  • I am so interested to join the contest. Is this as well open for Filipinos like me? I am a public school teacher in a barrio or barangay school in the Philippines.

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