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Cowboy Poetry Contest

For ages 18 and younger

Accepting entries through February 10, 2018

What is Cowboy Poetry?

It is poetry about:

  • Cowboys and Cowgirls and the work they do
  • Landscapes of the West and the western lifestyle
  • Cowboy/Cowgirl values and practices
  • Stories of life on the range

Win cool prizes!

Enter for a chance to win:

  • Fun prizes!
  • Four tickets to the Cowboys, Rhythm, & Rhymes event scheduled for 5pm on Friday, 3/16/18 at  the Fox Theater in Salinas.
  • Read your poem (or have someone read it for you) at the event on 3/16/18.
  • Meet the poets backstage.
  • Have your poem published on MCFL's website.
  • Two tickets to the California Rodeo Salinas, 7/19-7/22/18

2 ways to enter:

  1. Print the entry form and return it to your local branch of the Monterey County Free Libraries or send by fax to


  2. Fill out the form online below

Contest Rules

  • Must be 18 years old or younger to enter
  • Poems can be written in English or Spanish
  • Poems must be submitted by 2/10/18






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