Got a pet? Got a budding poet in your household? Put the two together and you might just have some award winning poetry.

Running through Jan. 31, 2011, the American Pet Products Association is conducting 3rd Annual APPA National Children's Pet Poetry Contest.

Third, fourth and fifth grade students are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them, the joys they bring, and then post it on-line at www.petsaddlife.orgor mail their final poem and submission form to: Pets Add Life, 45 Winter Street, Reno, NV 89503. Like we said, deadline for submissions is January 31, 2011 at 5:00pm EST.

Two students from each grade level (6 total) nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a "by-line" in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, the six winning students' classrooms will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet related education.

To learn more about APPA's National Children's Pet Poetry Contest, visit www.petsaddlife.org