Students throughout Oklahoma can enter this year's competition for the Newman Young Poets Award.

Oklahoma students in grades K-12 who like word games, poetry, or both, can try their hand at a submission for this year’s Newman Young Poets Award <>, sponsored by the Institute for U.S.-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma.

This year, three $500 prizes will be awarded to Oklahoma K-12 students or classes: elementary, middle and high school. Submissions may be composed by individual students or collectively by whole classes. If a collectively written poem is selected as the winner, the class will receive the award money. Regardless, 20 words = $500.

The winning English language poems must follow the rules of Classical Chinese Poetry. The competition only runs for one month, so entries must be submitted soon. The contest concludes Feb. 25, 2013. Winners will be invited to OU to receive their $500 award at the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature awards banquet on March 7, 2013.

For contest details and a video, see the Newman Young Poets Award <> webpage. Questions about the contest can be directed to Bonnie Tibbs <>; submit poem entries to Adam Love <> .