A Celebration of National Poetry Month

Poetry Contest for Teens!

A new poetry contest in celebration of National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Patricia Marton Memorial fund.

This April is the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month, and in honor of the occasion, we’re holding a poetry contest for local middle and high school students. It’s open to all teens in grades 6 through 12, whether they attend public school, private school, or are homeschooled. 

Participants do not have to pay a fee. They may write on any topic, and can submit up to 3 poems for consideration. Each poem is limited to 40 lines, with no poem being longer than one page.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place in two divisions—middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). Special thanks to the Patricia Marton Memorial fund for sponsoring the contest prizes. 

Winning poems will appear in a special insert of the Bookends newsletter, and we’ll also ask the poets to read their work on the local radio stations if they can.

Poems must be submitted to Director Steve Rzasa by the close of library hours on Wednesday, March 31, which is 6 p.m. 

Address entries by email to srzasa@johnsoncountylibraries.org, with the subject: Teen Poetry Contest.

Address physical copies by mail to: Director Steve Rzasa, Johnson County Library, 171 North Adams Ave., Buffalo, WY 82834.

Questions can be directed to Steve Rzasa at srzasa@johnsoncountylibraries.org or during library hours at (307) 684-5546; or to Kira Wages at Buffalo High School by emailing kwages@jcsd1.us.

A full set of contest guidelines are available at the library during regular business hours or can be downloaded below.