2020 EPB Black History Month Poetry Contest

Celebrate Black History and the chance to win $100!

EPB is inviting students in grades 1­–12 to compete in our 16th annual Black History Month Poetry Contest. Winning students and teachers will receive $100 and be invited to attend the EPB Black History Month Awards Banquet. Deadline for entry is February 7, 2020.

How to Participate

This year we’re asking students to focus their poem on an event in Black History as if they were a person who lived during the event or as a first-hand participant.

Students choose from one of the 10 events below and write a poem about what it was like to live during that time or even participate in the event.

African American historical events: 

Who Can Enter

All Hamilton County students in grades 1­–12 (public, private and homeschool). Entries will be divided into four categories based on age groups:

How to Enter

Starting on January 6, 2020, write and submit a poem with a brief introduction explaining the subject of the poem, as well as why you chose that person, event, and year. Students in grades 1–3 may submit a drawing and/or poem.

Email entries to: essaycontest@epb.net

Mail entries to:
Attention: Marketing
P.O. Box 182255
Chattanooga, TN 37422-7255

Entry Checklist

With each entry, please include the following:

Deadline for entries is February 7, 2020

Entries should be received at EPB no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on February 7, 2020. Winners will be notified by phone and email.

What You Can Win

Winning students and their teacher will receive $100 each. They will also be invited to attend the EPB Black History Month Awards Banquet on March 12, 2020. Parents and teachers of winning students are welcome to attend the banquet as well.

Contest Rules

  1. Contest is open to all Hamilton County students in grades 1–12 (public, private and homeschool).
  2. Students may enter by submitting a written introduction and poem. Grades 1–3 may enter by submitting a drawing and/or a poem.
  3. Written entries must have no more than 1,500 words.
  4. All entries will be judged by a panel of local leaders and EPB employees.
  5. Eight students will be recognized, including two winners in each age group for written entries and two winners for drawing entries (Grades 1–3)
  6. Winners and their teachers will receive $100 each.
  7. Each winning student, along with his or her teacher and parents, will be invited to attend the EPB Black History Month Awards Banquet on March 12, 2020.
  8. Contest begins on January 6, 2020.