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20th Annual Poetry Contest

 

Do you love expressing yourself with words and imagery? Do you consider yourself a wordsmith? If so, you might just be the next Edgar Allen Poe or Emily Dickinson!

If you have a love for creating poetry, we invite you to submit your original poems!

 

For Adults

First Prize: $75 gift card; Second Prize: $50 gift card; Third Prize: $25 gift card

Contest Rules:

  1. Must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Must live in Niles, Unincorporated Des Plaines, or Unincorporated Glenview (Library District).
  3. Must submit your original piece by Monday, April 23, 9pm.

To Submit:

  1. Submissions are limited to two (2) typed poems of any length per poet/per email.
  2. Each entry must include your name, address & phone number at the top of your email submission.
  3. Submit your original piece to poetry@nileslibrary.org with the subject line: “Adult Poetry Contest”

Winners will be announced Monday, May 21 by telephone. Winning poets will have their poem showcased in the Library along with their names published on our Buzz Blog. Submitting entries constitutes permission to publish your name.

Need more information? Call the Adult Services desk at 847-663-6603 with any questions.

 

For Teens

First Prize: $75 gift card; Second Prize: $50 gift card; Third Prize: $25 gift card

Contest Rules:

  1. Must be in grades 7-12.
  2. Must live in Niles, Unincorporated Des Plaines, or Unincorporated Glenview (Library District) OR attend a local school.
  3. Must submit your original piece by Monday, April 23, 9pm.

To Submit:

  1. Submissions are limited to four (4) poems per poet.
  2. Each entry must include your name, age, grade, school (if applicable), address, phone number, and library card number.
  3. Submit your original piece in-person to the Teen Services Desk in the Lower Level OR email dblock@nileslibrary.org with the subject line: “Teen Poetry Contest”

Finalists will be contacted by April 30 and invited to read their poems at the Poetry Lounge on Friday, May 11, where the winners will be announced. Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed at the Library. Submitting poems constitutes permission to publish your name and poem.

Need more information? Contact the Teen Librarians at 847-663-6490.

Please note we cannot return entries.