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It’s time to shine with Perfect Rhymes*! If you’re a teen poet, this is your chance to be published in Teen Ink magazine and win a $25 Amazon gift card. In just 50 words or less, create your best Perfect Rhymes* and submit them to Teen Ink! Winners and top nominees will be published in Teen Ink magazine.
*Perfect Rhymes are rhymes in which different consonants are followed by an identical vowel and consonant sounds, such as in “tune” and “soon”
Deadline: June 30th, 2022
Submissions should relate to the topic (“It’s Time to Rhyme!”)
Teen Ink will only consider entries by teens
No inappropriate content
There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit!
Be creative; test your limits; use your fantastic skills!
Submission must be 50 words maximum, 30 words minimum
Poems must be of the “perfect rhyme” style
Submit entries through our website. All entries submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.
To make sure your submissions are included in the contest, include "June 2022 Poetry Contest" in the first part of your submission’s title (e.g., 2022 June Poetry Contest: The Flower in the Field).
Submissions must follow the “perfect rhyme” style
Submissions must fit into the word count of 30-50 words
Winner and top nominees will be published in Teen Ink magazine!
The warm, golden sun kissing my cheeks The sky full of milky, sapphire streaks Scorching, brown sugar sand burning my feet Salty, coconut air smelling kind of sweet
Icy cool waters pierce my skin My sister yelling to "just jump in" Baby bubbles ticking my face Like a different planet, an underwater space
A parade of tropical multi-color fish To stay down here would be my only wish Out of break but still so much to see Lungs relived yet my heart still yearns to explore the sea
But now something has happened drastic My favorite place is throwing up plastic I'm begging you to listen; I'm not being sarcastic Air that was like biting into an apple, so crisp
Is now oily and sizzling with toxins within Voices that fought still linger in the breeze As our entire planet dies from this disease Trash bags dance atop the water Ocean, will you stay alive to meet my daughter?
When birds flutter into trees Honey dripping from hives of bees I brush my fingertips against a stream Noticing a magical summer’s warm dream And when the wind begins to fade I sit beneath a tree’s cool shade Feeling the sun’s comforting gleam I lose myself to a warm summer’s dream.
a destructive gloom displaying its plume funneling across the land playing its raucous band narrow path of escape the behind left to reshape hope is a crushed grape stormy sea in sky in conquest all comply howling rabid wind distinguishes no friend.
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