Call for Submissions: 

                                                   The 2020 Aline B. Carter Poetry Prize for Young Poets

In the spirit of San Antonio poet and philanthropist Aline B. Carter who sought to champion young writers, Maverick Carter House and Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s Literary Arts Center, are hosting a poetry contest for 10th, 11th and 12th graders throughout the city of San Antonio. 

As Texas Poet Laureate (1947) and the founder of Poetry Day in Texas, Aline B. Carter sought to not only promote poetry as a means of self expression, but to foster a strong poetic tradition rooted in her hometown of San Antonio and Texas culture. With that in mind, this poetry contest calls on San Antonio’s 11th and 12th grade poets to write poems that capture the essence of the River City. 

Award-winning poets from San Antonio will judge this contest and select winners in the following categories: 


1st place - $1,000 prize

2nd place - $500 prize

3rd place - $250 prize


THE NATURAL WORLD OF TEXAS. We often take trees, grass, critters, rain and clouds for granted.But do they make a diference in your life? When you walk outside, does the air seem diferent, the sounds, smells – and you? If you were a leaf or a cloud, what would your journey be? Some people think plants have emotions. What are they feeling and saying? What if the world were all city, with no natural world at all? Write a poem about it! How did you feel when you learn about a beautiful fruit? Visit the zoo or botanical garden and write about the experience, or just one sea slug or succulent. (Play with sounds!) Do you have a secret place to hang out or hide? What about seasons and storms, changing by the year?Let your experiences inspire and guide your contest entry. Please send your original sonnet, haiku, free verse poem, or any other poetry style you prefer

Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2020

Winners will be contacted on Friday, April 12th and will be invited to a celebratory reading for contest winners on Saturday, April 4th at Maverick Carter House. 

Submission Guidelines: Submissions must be received or postmarked by 11:59 pm (CST) on February 3, 2020.

  • Contestants may submit up to TWO unpublished poems (75 lines max each) in any style, with one poem per page. 
  • This contest is open only to 11th and 12th graders throughout San Antonio. 
  • Poems in English and Spanish are welcome.
  • All poems must CLEARLY reflect San Antonio in topic and/or setting. 
  • Poems may not contain inappropriate or offensive language or subject matter. 
  • All poems must be single-spaced and written in black, 12-point font in Arial, Times New Roman, or Helvetica. 
  • If submitting electronically, include all poems in one Word Doc or PDF file.
  • Poems exceeding one page must have each page clearly numbered with the poem’s title (or partial title if the title is too long) and page number appearing on each page in the upper right corner. 
  • Do not include any identifiable information (i.e. writer’s name, school, etc.) on the poem. All submissions will be read blind.
  • Please submit poems previously unpublished in literary magazines, anthologies, or full-length collections of poetry. Work published only on social media/ personal pages is also eligible. 
  • Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines or to the contest theme will not be considered. 
  • Poems may be submitted electronically through Submittable on Gemini Ink’s submission page. Just follow the prompts below or mailed in to Gemini Ink at this address: 

Att: Aline B Carter Poetry Prize

Gemini Ink

1111 Navarro St. 

San Antonio, TX 78205

  • Mailed-in submissions must include a cover page and be postmarked by the submission deadline. The cover letter must include name, address, email, phone number, titles of submitted poems, school, and grade. 

For further questions, contact Bushra Sardar at You may also call Gemini Ink at 210.734.9673. 

Gemini Ink