Poetry Contest

13th Annual Poetry Contest

Deadline is May 31, 2024 – Scroll down for rules & regulations

Most of us have been hurt by something someone has said about us. Some of us have even had lies about us spread all over school. This is awful because some students are choosing to end their lives because of being bullying. You can help by submitting a POEM about …


You could win $100 cash prize, T-shirt, Certificate and
News Release for your local media


Entries due May 31, 2024
Please follow our rules and regulations below.

2023-2024 Poetry Contest Rules and Regulations:

All entries must be original, legible, double-spaced and submitted, via email to PreventBullyingNow@heyugly.org in WORD, Notepad format or pasted in the body of an email. Scanned poems are eligible as long as they are legible. Entrant’s name, age, grade, school, home address, email address and phone number must be clearly printed, in black ink, on the entry or included in email. Contestants may enter contest more than once. Must be 7 – 17 to enter. Void where prohibited by law. All entries must be emailed no later than May, 31, 2024. All entries submitted for judging will become the exclusive property of Hey U.G.L.Y., Inc. NFP and will not be returned to entrants. To determine the winner, all entries submitted will be judged on sincerity, creativity, originality, and clarity of message. An independent panel of poets will conduct judging. Judging will take place on or about July 15, 2024. Decisions of judges are final. Winner will be notified, by mail, no later than September 15, 2024. First Prize: $100.00. To receive a written letter noting the winner, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Hey U.G.L.Y., Inc. NFP, PO Box 2142, Michigan City, IN 46361 by October 15, 2024. Winner need not be present to win. All taxes and any expenses not indicated herein are the sole responsibility of the winner. Any prize returned as undeliverable will be awarded to an alternate winner. Entry and acceptance of prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) for sponsor and anyone it may authorize to use winners’ names, photographs or other likenesses, biographical information, hometowns and statements concerning the contest for purposes of advertising and promotion without compensation to the winner. Employees of Hey U.G.L.Y., Inc. NFP, its affiliated companies, participating partners and their respective advertising, promotion and production agencies and their immediate families are not eligible. Not responsible for lost, late illegible, mutilated, typographical or other errors. All prizes are guaranteed to be awarded.


Red roses, white wine,
A moon-ray on a summer’s time.
An act so heinous, it is a crime
Yet he got away with it over time
My body was young, my flesh was virgin
until he came along and hurt it.
Scrapes and bruises blood and love,
no one could have done what he’s done.
I was curious and I was young,
he was old and he was not dumb;
he got what he wanted, forced though it was.
I never forgave myself for what was done till now.
Now I forgive.
Now I will take away all the power that he had made.
Once so innocent, now so strong,
I evolved to fight and I evolved to write, but most importantly,
I evolved for what’s right.
Years had passed and he had lived.
He made me into what this is.
Years had passed and the moon ray had gone,
the wine replaced with meads and song.
Roses now decayed and dead,
but they will live on inside my head.
Summer is always there to stay,
but winter is when my demons will play.