March 1 - May 1, 2017

Submit your poem here.

The contest is intended for children, teenagers, and adults, worldwide. There will be three categories:

1. Children grades 1-6

2. Children & Young Adults grades 7-12

3. Open (Adults)


Poems must be in English, and they must be your own work.

Poems may be on any astronomy, night sky, or space-related subject.

Poems may be in any style or form. It is preferred that they be less than 30 lines in length.

The contest winners will be chosen by a panel of judges. 

 Late submissions not accepted

Please write your name in the form exactly how you would like it written on the certificate should you win.


Click on the image above to download this advertising postcard to distribute to members of your club, school or institution.



We are excited to announce the following prizes:

Astrophotographer Wally Pacholka will be donating 3 prints of his amazing work as prizes this year. 

Sky and Telescope will be donating a copy of their book Binocular Highlights.

Bob Eklund is donating his book First Star I see Tonight, a collection of poetry, prose and pictures, that is an unique mix of art and astronomy.

Bob Crelin will be donating a copy of his book Faces of the Moon, and AWB will donate a Moon Gazers Wheel to go with it.

Orbit Oregon will be donating 3 copies of The Big Eclipse and The Big Eclipse Activity Book.

Milky Way over Organ Pipe Cactus by Wally Pacholka

Milky Way over Organ Pipe Cactus By Wally Pacholka

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Milky Way over Mexico's White Sands By Wally Pacholka

Share a line of your poem with or without an image on Facebook or Tweet using #GAM2017 (@gam_awb).

Submissions will be accepted through May 1.

The contest is now closed.