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21st Annual Poetry Contest

There are so many types of poetry: sonnets, limericks, haiku, slam, and the list goes on and on. Poetry is what you make it, and it’s for everyone. Poetry can seem intimidating, but the beauty of it is you can say anything in a poem, and anyone can create it.

April is National Poetry Month, the perfect time to try your hand at something new! Enter your original work in the 21st Annual Poetry Contest by April 15, and you’ll have the opportunity to share your masterpiece with other area poets.

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Contest Rules

Not entering online? Visit any branch to enter or download and print the form.

Share your work with the world:

Grades 2–12

Read your work at the Youth Poetry Café on May 7 at Main Library. 

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Read your work at the Poetry Open Mic Night on May 19 at North Branch. 

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Meet an award-winning poet 

Don’t miss your chance to meet award-winning poet and author of The Crossover, Kwame Alexander, on March 18 at the Canton Palace Theatre.

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Previous Years' Winners

2019 Booklet by Students (Grades 2-12)
2019 Booklet by Adults
2018 Booklet by Students (Grades 2-12)
2018 Booklet by Adults
2016 Booklet by Students (Grades 2-12)
2016 Booklet by Adults
2015 Booklet by Students (Grades 2–12)

2015 Booklet by Adults
2014 Booklet by Students (Grades 2–12)
2014 Booklet by Adults
2013 Booklet by Students (Grades 2–12)
2013 Booklet by Adults

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