Aline B. Carter began her annual poetry prize competition for young poets in the early 1940s.  After being appointed Texas Poet Laureate in the 1947-1949 term, Aline co-founded Texas Poetry Day which is held annually on October 15th.  In that spirit, the Maverick Carter House and Gemini Ink host an annual poetry competition open to 10th, 11 and 12th grade high school students in San Antonio.  An additional poetry competition is held for Port Aransas students and may be accessed through the following link here.  Interested students may submit poems to a three judge panel through the proper channels provided by Gemini Ink.  The judges select winners for the respective schools after reviewing the submitted poems in various styles and forms.  Accepted forms include sonnets, couplets, haiku, and free verse.  The contest invites students to write poems on a theme to be announced each year.

First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Category Prizes:
Best Free Verse Form Poem
Best Bilingual or Spanish Poem
Best Poem in Form

The selected students receive a cash award and an invitation to recite the poem at a ceremony held at the Maverick Carter House.

For the inaugural contest in 2019, the Maverick Carter House and Gemini Ink were honored to have Mobi Warren, Anthony “The Poet” Flores and 2018-2020 San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla sit as a distinguished judge panel.  We are grateful for their generous time and contribution to make this community event possible.

2020 Aline B. Carter Poetry Prize for Young Poets

Aline B. Carter Poetry Prize for Young Poets

2020 – April 11th (Reception Canceled Due to Covid-19) (Video Readings Link)
“The Natural World of Texas”
Student Poems

Only Texas Knows

The Life Of a Rock

Odyssey Of The Sonne

The Unplanned Visit

2019 – April 27th at 10:30 a.m.
“San Antonio, My City”
Student Poems

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