Poetry Contest


Children (ages 6-12), teens (13+), and adults (18+) help us celebrate National Poetry Month with a Poetry Contest.

“The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it”
-Amanda Gorman

    · Poems can be on any topic and style of poetry.

    · Poems should be no longer than 30 lines.

    · Entries must be an unpublished, original poem.

    · Submit your poem by completely filling out the entry form below and attach your poem as a Microsoft word document or pdf.

    · Selected poems will be displayed on the library’s website at www.ylpl.org/poetry

    · Staff picks for the children’s category will take place the week of May 3.

    · People’s Choice voting for teens and adults will be held on the library’s website at www.ylpl.org/poetry and will run from May 10 through May 22.

      • All Ages

        This contest is open to children (ages 6-12), teens (13+), and adults (18+).

      • Entry Limit

        Submit up to two original poems, no longer than 30 lines.

      • Date Created

        Entries must have been created from February 2021 through April 2021.

      • Entry Form

        A complete entry form must be submitted with your entry. Please complete two entry forms if submitting two entries.

      • Deadline

        Your entry form and poem must be submitted by midnight on Friday, April 30.

      • Content

        The library reserves the right to reject any entry it deems inappropriate or which contains excessive profanity and explicit sexual or violent content.

      • Judging

        Poems will be judged by age category, original content, impact, vocabulary, and creative expression. Judges’ decisions will be final.

      • Winners

        Winners will be notified by Saturday, May 29 before 5:00 p.m.

        There will be three prize categories:
        1) Children (ages 6-12)
        2) Teen (13+)
        3) Adult (18+).

        Children’s prizes include goody bags for selected entries. Teen and Adult prizes include gift cards for the winners of People’s Choice and Staff Picks.