MCCM Future Leaders Teen Poetry Contest


Overview: MCCM will host a poetry contest for students in San Diego’s Momentum / Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS).  Three contest judges of diversity will be chosen from the San Diego Poetry Community to determine the students whose poetry deserves merit. 


Student submissions will be assigned a number by the poetry contest editor before being sent to the judges for purposes of student anonymity. 

Eligible entrants: Students from any San Diego Momemtum/JCCS school.

Managing Poetry Editor: Jim Moreno

Awards: Winning students will be sent prepaid VISA cards in the following denominations: $150 First Place, $75 Second Place, $50 Third Place, and four $25 Honorable Mentions. 


Funding: Prize money will be solicited from the public through MCCM’s GoFundMe page.  No State, SDCOE, or JCCS funds will be used for prize money.


Recognition: The top poems will be published in the MCCM quarterly newsletter and posted on the MCCM website. 



  • All poems for consideration must be submitted by midnight, Saturday June 1, 2019.

  • Mr. Moreno will send Mr. Decker the winning poems to by midnight of Tuesday, June 11, 2019.   

  • Winners will be notified and prizes sent by Monday June 17, 2019.


Submission Guidelines:

Eligible entrants: Students from any SDCOE JCCS school.

Up to three (3) unpublished poems only

There is no line-limit: poems may be up to two pages, any style, any subject

All decisions made by the judges regarding the winners are final

By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules

Contest rules are subject to change. See website for more


Submission instructions:

Email poems to: by deadline above.  

Include: Student name and JCCS school site (to be confirmed by school administration)

Street address: Where any prize is to be sent

Donations:  To make a donation to fund the prizes for this project, please click here.

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