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2017 Dayton Metro Library Poetry Contest


Anyone residing in Montgomery and surrounding counties (Miami, Greene, Warren, Preble) in these age categories: Teen (age 13-18) Adult (age 19-59) Senior (age 60+)

JUDGING: Poems are judged on originality, creativity, impact and adherence to contest rules. Judging is anonymous; each poem is assigned a number. Authors retain copyright to their work.

CASH PRIZES! First Place $100 Second Place $75 Third Place $50 in each age category, courtesy of the Friends of the Dayton Metro Library. FIRST PLACE WINNERS will be published in Mock Turtle Zine!


  • Submit only one poem per person, no more than one page in length.
  • Poems may be any subject matter, but must be suitable for a general audience.
  • Poems must be original and not previously published (self-published is acceptable).
  • Poems should be typed in a plain typeface, no fancy fonts, colors or illustrations.
  • Do not put your name or contact information on your poem. Your name should appear on the entry form or in the body of your email only.
  • Entries must be received or postmarked by 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017.

DROP OFF your poem with entry form at any Dayton Metro Library location.

 MAIL your poem and entry form to: Dayton Metro Library Poetry Contest, External Relations Dept., 120 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton OH 45402

EMAIL your poem attached as a Word or Text document to:

Include in the body of your email:

  • your name
  • address
  • phone number
  • age category
  • poem title

Do NOT include this information on the poem itself.

FREE POETRY WORKSHOPS are offered at the Main Library in September. Spark your creativity, refresh your poetry writing knowledge, get feedback and more! Join us for any or all.

QUESTIONS? Call the Dayton Metro Library at 937.463.BOOK.

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