APS News Release

Student Moving Words Deadline is Wed, June 30

Arlington Public School students are invited to submit poems for Moving Words, a poetry competition co-sponsored by the Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project, Arlington County Cultural Affairs, and the Arlington Transit. The competition is the culmination of the Pick a Poet project, a partnership between Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Humanities Project, which places professional poets in APS classrooms.

The deadline to submit poems to the Moving Words competition is Wednesday, June 30, 2021.Poems will be selected by a panel of literary professionals from each of the following categories: K-2nd, 3rd–5th, 6th–8th, and 9th–12th. Winners will be invited to a poetry performance workshop and to give a public poetry reading in an awards ceremony scheduled for Fall 2021. The selected poems will be exhibited on Arlington ART Buses and published on the websites arlingtonarts.org and commuterpage.com. Teachers of winners will receive early registration for the FY22 Pick a Poet program!

Arlington students in grades kindergarten through twelve are eligible to submit poems. 


  1. Students must be enrolled in Arlington Public Schools and may be in any grade.
  2. Each student may submit up to three poems.  Poems must be written by one student and may be on any subject. Poems can be written in any language.
  3. Poems must be no more than 10 lines including stanza breaks.
  4. Use this Link to Submit poems:


For more information, please contact: Christopher Monroy, Humanities Project/Honors Music Program Coordinator, at christopher.monroy@apsva.us