Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans®

AOP. recognizes the best poems from the multitude of works submitted. Our first publication, Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans®, has been published annually since 1990. An entire generation of students has grown up with this anthology and several have been published more than once as they've grown in age and experience.

Submission requirements

  • All types of poetry are acceptable
  • Poems must be legibly handwritten or typed
  • One poem per poet
  • The poet's full name, age and address must be included on the top right-hand corner of all pages

How to submit

By mail, using the guidelines printed here or through the Submit Your Poem button on this website. Students may submit work through their teacher or independently. Teachers, click here for a school submission form

Deadline for submissions

Submissions must be postmarked by November 15th of the calendar year.  (Teachers, call if you need an extension.)

Criteria for selection

  • Age of the poet
  • Originality
  • Rhythmic sounds
  • Rhymes
  • Audience appeal
  • Also considered are a writer's fresh approach to a simple subject and works that exhibit the author's involvement in the subject matter.

The selection process

Approximately 55% of the submissions are selected for publication.


All submissions become the property of the AOP.


Students should include a LOOSE first class postage stamp with their submission so that we can notify them if their work was selected for publication.

Book Pricing

Softcover: $7.95/ Hardcover: $13.95 plus shipping and handling. (see order form)

Shipping Date Our anticipated shipping date is mid-April.  Each book ordered is individually packaged, shipped by 3rd class mail and should arrive within 3 weeks.