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Well-Versed: Pongo Poets Online
6,800 Youth Participated and Counting

Youth authors, Pongo Poetry Project wants to read your poems! Since 2012, we have received thousands of poetry submissions through Well-Versed: Pongo Poets Online – our online poetry submission program – from young writers across the world. Your work has been educational and inspirational and we want to see more of it.

We encourage you to use the writing activities on this website to share your poetry with us. You can complete the five writing activities right from your browser and share your completed poems with Pongo. Or you can use the Blank Activity Page to create something all your own. Alternatively, you can download the activities from our website and complete your poems at home; there’s no requirement that you submit completed pieces with us!

The Pongo Poetry Prize

Since April, 2010, the Pongo Poetry Project has been proud to present the Pongo Poetry Prize to a poem submitted on Pongo’s website . Currently offered in December, the prize winner will receive a $100 award. Three other poets a year will receive honorable mentions, which also come with publication. 

Want to Continue Your Writing Journey? Take Advantage of These Opportunities!

Join a Youth Drop-In Writing Circle at Hugo House!

On a recurring basis, Hugo House convenes free, drop-in writing circles that give young writers of all ages the space to explore their creativity, dive deeper into ongoing projects, share their work in a supportive space, and make friends!

Writing circles are offered at different suggested grade ranges to connect young writers with their peers, though Hugo House encourages all young people to pick the writing circle that feels best for them:

  • Kids Write-In: Grades K-5
  • Just Write!: Grades 6-8
  • Write Time for Teens: Grades 9-12

We highly encourage you to take advantage of this amazing opportunity, and join Hugo House’s next youth drop-in writing circle. Some writing circles are available virtually, so visit Hugo House’s website for details on upcoming events!

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