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Annual Poetry Contest

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In 2010, Belmont began partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools to sponsor a poetry contest in conjunction with Belmont's Annual Family Literacy Day.  First through fourth grade students are invited to submit original poems based on the current year's theme.

This year's theme for the 9th Annual Contest was once again "Favorite Story" and children in first through fourth grades in Metro Public Schools were invited to compose a 12 to 16 line poem about their favorite book or story.  Five finalists were selected by the Belmont English Club.  The Top 5 poets worked with local professional songwriters Sherrié Austin, Bill McDermott, Samuel Pritchett, Will Rambeaux and Olivia Rudeen to set their poems to music.

Please take a few minutes to listen to each one of this year's songs, in alphabetical order below and vote for your favorite song. Awards will be  presented at Belmont's 18th Annual Family Literacy Day on April 14th, 2018. Prize money ($500 - 1st, $300 2nd, $200 3rd, $100 each 4th and 5th) was split between the poet and their classroom teacher to benefit their class.


  1. A Life Full of Wonder {lyrics}
  2. Dirt {lyrics}
  3. In the Deep Zone {lyrics}
  4. The Secret to Peace {lyrics}
  5. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon {lyrics}