Important Information!

As mentioned on our home page, this year the contest will be held completely online, with contestants submitting videos of their performances. Contestants will be able to submit one entry in each of the two categories (humorous and serious). 

These video entries are to be posted online by you no later than JULY 23RD, 2021. For more information on submissions please see our "How To Enter" page.


The contest is for ORIGINAL WORK ONLY.  Poems should be created by the contestant presenting the poem.  All poems should be family-friendly.  No profanity or inappropriate language is allowed.  


Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges on a thirty point scale, based on 10 points for each of three factors:  

  1. Quality -  The technical quality of the poem itself. i.e., the rhyme and meter of the poem - does it rhyme well, does it flow, is meter correct?  

  2. Theme - Is it truly cowboy/western?  Or just general in topic?  

  3. Presentation – delivery of the poem - effective stage presence, polish of the performer, etc.  


A perfect score would be a total of 30 points.  Ties are broken based on the scores in the Quality category.

People's Choice:

Videos of your poems will be posted on YouTube for viewing by the panel of judges and the public.  Viewers are invited to vote for their preferences by liking the videos of their choice, which will be considered in determining the final placings. The contestant who receives the most votes in the adult contest will receive a People’s Choice certificate.


Winners in each division (humorous and serious) receive a beautiful trophy buckle and a free membership in the Kansas chapter of the International Western Music Association.  The top three in each division plus the People’s Choice winner receive an award certificate signed by the Governor of Kansas.