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The contest is now closed for 2019 and winners have been notified.

Poetry Contest Grades 1-12

March 19 - April 15, 2019

Students are invited to submit original poems in person or using the entry form to the right. The contest is open from March 19 to April 15. 


  1. Poets must be in grades 1 through 12. There are no residency requirements.
  2. Each poem MUST be accompanied by an entry form with contact information.
  3. Poems may be turned in to the 1st Floor Teen Ask Us! Desk or 2nd Floor Ask Us! Desk or online at by April 14, 2019.
  4. There is no theme; all subject matters welcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are winners chosen?

Youth librarians read each entry and select 20-30 finalists from each age division. The finalists’ entries are then sent to this year’s judge, Catherine L'Herisson. She will select two equal winners from each age category for a total of twelve equal winners. There is no first or second place.

What are the prizes?

Winners will be invited to attend a special reception in their honor where they will receive a certificate and recognition from the community. Winners will also receive a keepsake book containing all the winning poems and will have the opportunity to read their poem at the reception (not required).

Will my poem be returned to me?

Once the poem is submitted to us, we cannot return it. Please make copies of your poem and do not send the original.

Will I be notified if I’ve won?

The library will contact you via the email address you provide.  If a valid email address isn’t provided, we will be unable to contact you. ONLY WINNERS will be notified via email by April 30, 2019. An invitation to the reception will be emailed separately.

How many poems can I submit?

As many as you want; however, each poem submitted must have an attached entry form with COMPLETE contact information.  No bulk submissions. Poems submitted without an entry form attached will be automatically disqualified.

Poetry Contest Entry Form