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Poetry Contest

Enter Our 18th Annual Poetry Contest!

Deadline: April 25, 2016

Prizes will also be awarded to First ($75 gift card), Second ($50 gift card) and Third ($25 gift card) place poets. We have two separate competitions for teens and adults.

Teens:

To enter you must be in grade 7-12. Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed at the Library. The contest is open to teens who reside in the Niles Public Library District or attend a local school. Teens are encouraged to attend the Poetry Workshop on March 25 to develop their poems.

Limit 4 poems per poet. With each entry include your: name, age, grade, address, phone number, name of your school (if applicable) and library card number (if applicable). Submit your entries in-person to the Teen Services desk on the Lower Level; mail to Donna Block c/o Niles Public Library District, 6960 Oakton St., Niles IL, 60714; or email with the subject line “Poetry Contest” to dblock@nileslibrary.org.

Questions? Call the Teen Services Desk at 847-663-6490. Please note we cannot return entries. Finalists will be contacted by May 6, and will be invited to read their poems at the Poetry Lounge on May 13, where the winners will be announced. Submitting entries for the contest constitutes permission to publish your name and poem.

 

Adults:

To enter you must be at least 18 years old and live in the Niles Public Library District. Submissions will be limited to (2) two typed poems of any length per poet. Place each entry on a separate page with your name, address and phone number. Submitting entries for the adult contest constitutes permission to publish your photograph and name.

To enter by email submit a PDF with the subject line “Adult Poetry Contest” to books@nileslibrary.org. By mail, address it to Diane Winberg c/o Niles Public Library District, 6960 Oakton St., Niles, IL 60714. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope, if you would like your poem returned. Emails must be received by 5pm and paper entries must arrive in the mail by Monday, April 25, 2016 to be accepted.

Winners of the Adult Poetry Contest will be announced at the Library on Friday, April 29 at 7pm at the opening of the program Arts After Hours: Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Songs. Photographs and names of the winning poets will be published and we encourage poets to enter their poems in the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition, and other contests. Winning poems will be available for public viewing at the Adult Service Desk on the 3rd floor from April 30-May 14, 2016.

Poets and aspiring poets are encouraged to attend a poetry workshop titled The Creative Impulse: Gathering the Sparks, Fanning the Flames on Wednesday, April 13 at 1-2:30pm.

Questions?

Call the Niles Library at 847-663-6603. Please note we cannot return entries. Winners will be contacted by telephone. Submitting entries for the contest constitutes permission to publish your name and poem should your entry win.

Poetry Fun at the Library

Poetry Workshop

Grades 7-12

Fri., Mar. 25, 5-6:30pm

Poetry Scavenger Hunt for Kids

During the month of April in KidSpace.

The Creative Impulse: Gathering the Sparks, Fanning the Flames

Wed., Apr. 13, 1-2:30pm

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Pick up a poem in the Library on Thurs., Apr. 21.

Art After Hours: "My Name is Will" Shakespeare's Sonnets and Songs

Fri., Apr. 29, 7-8pm

Poetry Lounge

Fri., May 13, 5-6:30pm