#NoFilter Scholarship Slam - CLOSED

There’s all sorts of ways to make sure the world sees you the way you want to be seen in your selfies. There are low-tech options like tilting your hat the right way or getting your makeup just so, and then there are more newfangled things like how to angle your phone or, of course, a million different kinds of filters.

So tell us: who are you without all that stuff? What do your photos look like without filters? What do your words SOUND like without filters? Write a poem about the most authentic version of yourself, and you could earn $1,000 toward your college education!



  1. Make sure you're eligible! The basic requirements are this: (1) you are 25 years of age (or younger), and (2) you are a current or former high school student who will attend or is attending college within the U.S. or its territories.
  2. Add an original poem to Power Poetry by Friday, March 6, 2015. You'll need to register as a member of our community first.  

Got questions? Our scholarship FAQ and contest rules should have the answers. If they don't, feel free to contact us.


If you need inspiration, look no further — we've got it! This blog post describes how we pick our scholarship winners, and you can also check out some of our winning poems (warning: they're awesome). Power Poetry's Tip Guides can help you learn more about different poetic forms and styles. Words have power, so our Action Guides are meant to inspire and empower you to use poetry as a way to change your life — and the world!

Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for announcements about this scholarship and be sure to include #nofilterslam when you share your poems!





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WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
us black women, like samples at a grocery store set out to be picked over but is  never fully paid for .
7 years 3 months ago
Her face is of the majesty born in the wind, her temperature is a paradox and I am caught amidst it.
7 years 4 months ago
Dark circles under brown eyes, Permanent since sixth grade, From too many nights with too little sleep.
7 years 4 months ago
Friends are forever, right? The ones that are there for you every night? But all friends fight
7 years 4 months ago
The world is rarely simply black or white. It would certainly make life easier
7 years 4 months ago