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SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest

The 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest will run from January 15th to October 17th, 2014. All ages and nationalities are encouraged to enter! You can see the winners of the 2013 contest here.

Introduction | Past Years' Winners | Poetry Recital | Inspiration
How To Write A Frog Poem | Prizes | Rules | Spread The Word
Submit Your Poetry | Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Amphibian populations worldwide are in the midst of a mass extinction crisis, yet most people are completely unaware! We need your help in getting the word out. This contest will raise awareness of the amphibian extinction problem by getting people involved and interested. The best frog poems will be used in a book of frog poetry that will be sold to raise money for amphibian conservation efforts. This book will feature artwork from our concurrent SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest.

Between 2009-2013 we have received 4,041 frog poems from 76 countries: Albania, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bhutan, Brasil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. We look forward to receiving your entry!

Past Years Winners

You can view the 2013 winning frog poems here. Congratulations to Haitham Al-Twaijri, Age 21, of Memphis, Tennessee, Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest, for his poem "An Amphibious Plea". The 2013 contest received 937 entries from 50 countries.

You can view the 2012 winning frog poems here. Congratulations to Caitlin Lambert, Age 14, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest, for her poem "Goodbye". The 2012 contest received 1,216 entries from 43 countries.

You can view the 2011 winning frog poems here. Congratulations to Michael James Faulkner of Ada, Oklahoma, the 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest Grand Prize Winner and reigning Save The Frogs Poet Laureate! The 2011 contest received 700 entries from 33 countries. Thanks to all the contestants for their fabulous frog poetry!

You can view the 2010 winning frog poems here. Congratulations to 13 year old Isabel Johnson of Anaheim, CA, the 2010 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest Grand Prize Winner! The 2010 contest received 774 entries from 26 countries.

You can view the 2009 winning frog poems here. Congratulations to 12 year old Brittany Belanger of Stockton, CA, the 2009 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest Grand Prize Winner. The 2009 contest received 414 entries from 14 countries.

A Poetry Recital

Watch this frog poetry recital by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and feel free to embed it on your website:

Who can enter?

Anybody! We encourage students and teachers to get their writing classes involved on Save The Frogs Day. We encourage amateur and professional poets to take part as well. And the more countries represented the better! Did we mention that it is indeed FREE to enter the contest?

"I had my students in 2nd through 5th grades create poems to enter into your contest. They had such a blast doing this and learning about frogs."
-- Carrie Mateja, Librarian, St. Matthews Elementary, Louisville, KY

Inspiration

The Japanese poet Basho wrote a famous haiku in the 17th century:

古 池 や        
蛙 飛 込 む
水 の 音

Furuike ya             
Kawazu tobikomu   
Mizu no oto  

Which is translated as:

The old pond
A frog jumps in
The sound of water.

Please send us your 21st century poems of any length, form or style.

The old pond
Frogs are in danger
Poets jump in.

Have a Basho!

How do I write a Frog Poem?

We welcome any poems that mention frogs, salamanders, newts, toads, caecilians, amphibians, savethefrogs.com, and/or SAVE THE FROGS!

Here are some ideas for your frog poems:

(1) Find out about a particular kind of frog and describe the world from that frog’s point of view.

(2) What if you found the last frogs alive on the planet … What would you do? How would you feel?

(3) Write a poem that makes the reader understand the importance of saving frogs, or one that makes them realize the danger frogs are in.

(4) Write a poem about any of the threats to frogs.

(5) Write a poem about how ridiculously cool frogs are!

(6) Imagine all kinds of brave, extravagant and daring ways in which you could save the frogs. Check out our How to Help page.

Prizes

Did we mention that there will be prizes? Aside from fame and the admiration of your peers, the Grand Prize Winner and Honorable Mentions may all see their poems featured in a book of Frog Poetry we will produce. Contest winners will also be acknowledged on this website, alongside a copy of their poem. And to top it off:

The Grand Prize Winner will:

(1) Receive $100 CASH (or check!).

(2) Receive $75 worth of "Frog Cash" to be used for any of the cool, environmentally-friendly merchandise in the SAVE THE FROGS! Gift Center.

(3) Become an official judge of next year's SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest.

(4) Receive frog fame!

The 2nd and 3rd Place Winners will:

(1) Receive $75 worth of "Frog Cash" to be used for any of the cool, environmentally-friendly merchandise in the SAVE THE FROGS! Gift Center.

(2) Receive frog fame!

Categories

As past years' contests have proven that amazing poetry comes from people of all ages, there will be no special categories.

Contest Rules

(1) Submitted poetry must be your original creation!

(2) Be sure to mention at least one of the following: frogs, salamanders, newts, toads, caecilians, amphibians, savethefrogs.com, and/or SAVE THE FROGS!

(3) You may submit up to two poems. Please always give us the title of each poem. Please do NOT name your poems "Save The Frogs".

(4) Submission of poetry constitutes your agreement to the Poetry Contest Terms & Conditions. Please read these over, as they describe your rights to the submitted poetry as well as ours.

(5) All entries are to be submitted no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on October 15th, 2012. Email submissions must be RECEIVED by October 15th, 2012. Mail-in entries must be POSTMARKED by October 15th, 2012.

Suggestions

(1) The word frog, toad, newt, salamander, caecilian or amphibian should appear somewhere in the body of the poem.

(2) No religious content.

(3) Check your spelling.

(4) Be original and creative!

(5) No need to write a long poem...though you are welcome to if you are so inspired!

Please spread the word!

To make this contest successful we need your help spreading the word! If you are a teacher, please inform your fellow teachers. This contest makes for a great class project on April 30th, Save The Frogs Day. If you are a student, please deliver this flyer to your teachers. Please put this flyer up around your school as well (left-click on the image and a PDF will open). 

Frog Poetry Contest

If you are a professional poet, tell your colleagues. If you are active on a poetry website, post an announcement. If you have a website, please link to this page. You can use the icon atop this page, linked to http://savethefrogs.com/poetry - If you have a Facebook or Myspace account, put a notice up on your page, and tell your friends. In Facebook, you can post a link to this page. Thanks!

Please email this to your friends & post on your website

Frog Poetry Contest:
SAVE THE FROGS! Nonprofit Organization (www.savethefrogs.com) has announced the international Frog Poetry contest, with prizes including the chance to have your poems published in a book they will sell to raise funds for their amphibian conservation projects. Please visit www.savethefrogs.com/poetry to learn more. The goal of the competition is to raise awareness of the mass extinction of amphibians that is currently taking place worldwide. Please spread the word to any poets you know. Thanks!

Croak! Croak! Arrives the rain.
End of all miseries and pain.
Season of love is here at last,
The frogs quench their months of thirst

But alas, the frogs did not know
Men were following close and low.
To feed the selfish human brain
The lives of frogs go in vain.

Frogs are gone
Insects are on
Such a heart touching pain
No frogs now to welcome the rain!

Still there is time for us to revive
Help the frogs and toads survive.
Let frogs live and flourish
Maintain the balance in nature, in return it shall nourish.

--Frog Poetry by Bijoy Kumar Barman; Age 22; Calcutta, India

"I love that you promote children’s art and poetry as well as teaching them a great lessons about ecology and conservation. Thanks for all you work!"
-- Janna Siegel Robertson, Ph.D.; Watson College of Education, The University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Ready to submit your poetry?

Unless you are a teacher trying to submit a class' handwritten poems, you must submit your poetry via our digital submission form.

Digital Submissions
We prefer digital submissions. If you wrote your poem in sand at the beach, or recited it in a cave after curfew, please now transcribe the poem using a computer and word processor. We suggest you compose your poetry and save it to your computer prior to uploading to our system. Have you read the Rules and the Poetry Contest Terms & Conditions? If not, please do so now.

Submit your fabulous Frog Poetry here!

 

 

Snail-Mail Submissions:
We strongly encourage all contestants to digitally submit their poetry, as this saves our unpaid staff considerable time and effort.

NOBODY EXCEPT FOR TEACHERS MAY SUBMIT PAPER ENTRIES.

Whenever possible, teachers should incorporate typing and computer lessons with the Frog Poetry Contest, or ask the students to have their parents type up the poetry and submit it. If this is not possible, then please do mail us the class' poetry, being sure to include this Mail-In Contest Entry Form.

Please note:

(1) Poet's name and age MUST be written on the page with the poetry (not just on the entry form).

(2) The Mail-In Contest Entry Form must be paper-clipped to the back of the poem. No tape! No staples!

(3) Teachers should please count the total number of submissions in their packet and include the number in a note on top of the submissions.

(4) If poems were digitally created (i.e. Microsoft Word documents), but you do not wish to use the digital upload system, you should burn them to CD and send the CD, as we always prefer digital format. In other words, if someone typed the poem, we want the digital version, not the paper version! Still include each student's Mail-In Contest Entry Form.

Note that Mail-in entries will NOT be returned. Teachers are welcome to bundle their classes' submissions in a single package. Again, please bear in mind that we strongly prefer essays be submitted digitally. Questions? Email poetry@savethefrogs.com.

Download the official Contest Entry Form

I want to support SAVE THE FROGS! - How can I help?

Help us guarantee that we never have to experience a world without frogs! Please support SAVE THE FROGS! worldwide amphibian conservation efforts:

(1) Become a member of SAVE THE FROGS!;

(2) Order a SAVE THE FROGS! t-shirt, tote bag, wristband, bumper sticker or other cool frog merchandise from the SAVE THE FROGS! Gift Center; or

Donate Frogs(3) Donate to SAVE THE FROGS! We cannot exist without your support, and every donation matters, regardless of size. Please show your support! We are a 501(c)(3) public charity, so all donations are 100% tax-deductible. Thanks!

More inspiration

This video is not from the poetry contest, but we love it!

Questions or Suggestions?

If you have any questions or suggestions, please send a note to poetry@savethefrogs.com

"I am an educator and like for my students grades K-12 to compete locally, regionally and nationally. I find that these contests help to reward student efforts and are cross curriculum issues."
--Carole Stoiber, Greenfield School, Wilson, North Carolina