I subscribe to Children’s Writer, a newsletter for, well, children’s writers. They have two contests a year, and the most recent one was for a set of children’s poems. I write children’s fiction, and sometimes try my hand at non-fiction, but have never done poetry.
So I noodled a few ideas in my head, preschool-oriented, and came up with three short humorous (I hope) rhymes. One called “Bunny Ears” about tying knots instead of bows; one called “All By Myself” about choosing clothes for school, and one called “Jelly Jamboree” with smears of jelly everywhere. I don’t know if they’re worth anything, but it was fun.
Worked on fine-tuning meter and word choice with my critique group, and they’re off to the contest. Won’t know results until June or July, but wish me luck!