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To celebrate National Poetry Month, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (@NYCulture) is hosting the ninth annual #PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest from April 16 to April 20, 2018. The winners will be announced in Metro New York newspaper on Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 26, 2018) and on City social media channels.

#PoetweetNYC for Mother Earth

Send us your greenest tweet! This year's contest coincides with the 40th year of operation of NYC's Materials for the Arts (@MFTAnyc) program - the City's premiere creative reuse center - and culminates the Friday before Earth Day (April 22). To celebrate these two auspicious events, this year we're encouraging submissions on the theme of the environment and sustainability.

This is also the first year of the contest under Twitter's new, expanded character limit - so you have extra room to plumb the depths of your feelings toward Mother Earth.

Contest Judges

For 2018, we are pleased to announce an esteemed panel of judges who will select this year's winning poetweets:

  • Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City
  • Jennifer Benka, Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets
  • Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America
  • Mark Chambers, Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability
  • Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

For your own chance at digital bard-dom, tweet us your own original verse! Read the full 2018 #PoetweetNYC contest rules.

2017 #PoetweetNYC Winners


Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with fellow poetry lovers from across the U.S. using #pocketpoem. Poetry is everywhere if you look for it. Use #NationalPoetryMonth all month long to follow along with National Poetry Month activities across in New York and across the country.