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Annual Poetry Contest

Celebrate National Poetry month with us by participating in our Annual Poetry Contest!!

All ages are welcome to enter!

The Details

One original entry per person, submitted by April 30th. Any subject, style, format, or length.

Bring to the library, mail in, or email us at

Make sure your entry has your name, age group (K-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th, Adult), and contact information (email, phone number).

Multiple prizes will be awarded across ages groups and categories! 

Prize:  Barnes & Noble gift card

For more information or questions, email or call 391-3190

New this year!

In addition to traditional written poetry, you may submit entries in two new categories - spoken word and blackout poetry!

Spoken word: Record yourself (with or without video) as you read your original poetry and send us your file through Google Drive, Facebook messenger, or email. 

Blackout Poetry:

Mix art and language to make something new out of something old. See below for ideas and tips!

How to create Blackout Poetry - 

I. First select a page of text.

Pick a page from an old newspaper, magazine, a book that's falling apart, a menu, anything with words!

II. Skim.

Glance at the page in front of you to get an idea of what you're working with.

Don't read too hard-- you don't want to absorb the author's original message.

The point is to generate your own story!

III. Gather interesting words.

You can keep a scratch paper and write down interesting words that pop out at you.

Or you can lightly mark the words you want to use on the page.

III. Create!

Once you have a bunch of words collected, form your poem!

Use a sharpie to outline or draw a box around all the words you want to keep.

Once you've outlined your chosen words, blackout the rest of the text or doodle over the rest of the words so your poem stands out!


Some examples of Blackout Poetry 

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blackout poetry example


blackout poetry example
blackout poetry example
blackout poetry