2018 Poetry Contest - Celebrating Agriculture in Alberta

Lieutenant Governor Mitchell invites Alberta's Grade 4 to 6 students to explore agriculture through poetry!


All  upper elementary students are invited to create poems that celebrate interesting people throughout Alberta's history who have led the way in farming, ranching and caring for the land. This is a special contest from Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.  The poetry contest is part of Her Honour's larger GROWS initiative for 2018, which will focus on agriculture throughout the year. 

The contest opens on January 11, 2018. It's open to Grade 4, 5, and 6 classrooms in Alberta as well as 4-H clubs.

All students need to do is take a look through the list of 50 historical figures, find a story that captures their attention...and then start writing! Maximum poem length is 150 words. The poem can be in any style and can be submitted in English or French. 

Participating classrooms and 4-H clubs have until May 5, 2018 to send us their two best poems from each classroom or club.

A panel of volunteer adjudicators will pick the best poems from Grade 4, 5 and 6 as well as honourable mentions.

The grand prize for each grade is an annual family pass to Alberta Historic Sites. Every student who has a poem submitted by their school or 4-H club will receive a special certificate signed by the Lieutenant Governor. Every participating school and 4-H club will also be recognized.

NEW...All Aboard!  Every poem submitted to the contest will also be included in a random draw. Prizes are two seats (student and parent/guardian) on one of two vintage train excursions with the Lieutenant Governor. One excursion will take place on the Aspen Crossing Railway on June 14, 2018 and one excursion will take place on the Alberta Prairie Railway on June 30.

All the information you need is in the links below. Have fun!

Contest Poster (.pdf)

2018 Poetry Contest Information & Guidelines - English (.pdf)

50 Biographies of Alberta Agriculture Leaders - English (.pdf)

50 Biographies of Alberta Agriculture Leaders - English (Word .docx)

Règlements et détails du concours (.pdf)

2018 Concours de Poésie 50 Biographies (Word .docx)

2018 Concours de Poésie 50 Biographies (.pdf)

Affiche du concours (.pdf)

If you have questions, please send them to  LTGovPoetry@gov.ab.ca  

Check out our agriculture-themed essay contest for Grade 7-9 classrooms

Education resources for teachers:

Lesson Plans

Resources to support curricula

UFA Historical Society Archives