National Student Poets Program (NSPP)

Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

National Student Poets Program (NSPP)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) partners with the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to host the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the country's highest honor for youth poets whose original work exhibits exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise. Five outstanding high school poets are selected annually for a year of service as literary ambassadors for poetry, encouraging a wide range of youth to explore and develop new creative capabilities.

National Student Poets are chosen from among the national medalists in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards by a national panel of literary luminaries and leaders in education and the arts. National Student Poets receive academic awards and opportunities to present their work at writing and poetry events and are featured at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC, in cooperation with the Library of Congress.


In order for students to be considered for the NSPP, they must be in grades 9, 10 or 11 and enrolled in a public, private, parochial, homeschool or out-of-school program. Students must also win a national gold or silver medal award in poetry in the most recent Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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Last Modified: 09/04/2019