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Poetry Contest


The Fairfax Parks Poetry Contest will not be held in 2022. We appreciate the community’s support in the past and hope we have inspired others to the joy of poetry and artistic expression.

2021 Poetry Contest

Fairfax Parks 2021 Poetry Contest

More than 120 students in grades K-8 entered the 2021 Fairfax Parks Student Poetry Contest presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. The annual contest coincides with National Poetry Month in April. This year’s theme also celebrates 70 Years of Excellence in Fairfax County Parks. Students were asked to write how local parks have made Fairfax County a greener, cleaner, healthier place to live, work and play. In celebration of the Park Authority’s 70th anniversary, winners will also receive a $70 Park Authority gift card, courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Please join us in celebrating our 2021 Fairfax Parks Student Poetry Contest winners with a virtual poetry showcase! View the winning poems and watch the poets read their own poem by clicking on the names below. If you’d like to view all the winners along with introductions by park leaders, scroll down to view the full video showcase under the list of winners. 

2021 Virtual Poetry Showcase

  • James P., a third-grade student at Kent Gardens Elementary School PDF | Video
  • Zahra Quraishi of Ashburn, a first-grade homeschool student PDF | Video
  • Leonardo Rodriguez, a third-grade student at Laurel Ridge Elementary School PDF | Video


  • Alisha Baptista, a fourth-grade student at Bull Run Elementary School PDF | Video
  • Lydia Gibbons, a fifth-grade student at Cherry Run Elementary School PDF | Video
  • DoWon Lee, a fourth-grade student at Oakton Elementary School PDF | Video

  • Katelyn Hubbard, a sixth-grade student at Mosby Woods Elementary School PDF | Video
  • Seonghui Ju, a sixth-grade student at Haycock Elementary School PDF | Video
  • Sumayah Qazzaz of Falls Church, a seventh-grade homeschool student PDF | Video


2021 Fairfax Parks Poetry Showcase

Poetry Contest Flyer

Poetry Contest Rules & Guidelines

The Fairfax Parks poetry contest is sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Fairfax County Park Authority and Fairfax County Park Foundation logos

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