Robert W. King Poetry Award

Sponsored by the Colorado Poets Center, the Robert W. King Awards for Poetry provide $75 first-place and $50 second place awards to high school students In Greeley West and Greeley Central for winning poems. The poet’s name, school, teacher who sponsored the poem, and the titles of the winning poems are published on the Colorado Poets Center website, We are looking for poems that describe experiences that impact one’s life in some way. A poem can be about a happy moment tied to a family or community celebration, for example, or an experience that made you sad. The poem, “Examination,” by Robert W. King, on the Colorado Poets Center website, describes the feelings the poet had while his father was having a medical test.

All poetry submissions must be original work, sponsored by a high school teacher and submitted as an appropriate document. The maximum length for each poem is two pages. Authors may submit up to three poems. Poems may have been published previously in high school publications.


  1. Author’s name
  2. Author’s mailing address
  3. Author’s phone number and e-mail address
  4. Year of high school graduation
  5. High school teacher’s name and e-mail address
  6. Author’s school
  7. Address of author’s school
  8. Phone number of author’s school
  9. Note: Poems under consideration elsewhere are not eligible.

What is the deadline for entry?

Submissions for the 2024 awards have a submission deadline of April 1, 2024 at 12 p.m. MT.

How do I submit my poem?

Submit your work in the form of document attachments to Beth Franklin at

When is the winner notified?

April 8, 2024

When is the award ceremony?

April 15, 2024

Who is Robert W. King?

Robert W. King was a Colorado poet, who founded the Colorado Poets Center. He taught creative writing in poetry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of North Dakota, the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and the University of Northern Colorado. His family established this award to honor his lifetime of work teaching creative writing and believing in the power and importance of poetry in the lives of young people.


Submit questions about the awards to Beth Franklin at