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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 8th Annual Contest was once again "Favorite Animal" and children in first through fourth grades in Metro Public Schools were invited to compose a 12 to 16 line poem about their favorite animal from literature.  Five finalists were selected by the Belmont English Club.  The Top 5 poets worked with local professional songwriters Sherrié Austin, Aaron Goodvin, Bill McDermott, Will Rambeaux and Olivia Rudeen to set their poems to music.

This year's winners, in order below from First through Fifth place, were presented awards at.Belmont's 17th Annual Family Literacy Day on April 8th, 2017. 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. My Lucky Day {lyrics}
  2. Night Sky Owl {lyrics}
  3. The Lorax {lyrics}
  4. Firestar {lyrics}
  5. The Bat and the Bird {lyrics}