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Poetry Contest


  • ONLY ONE POEM PER PERSON may be submitted in this contest.
  • Adults and students in grades 3-12 who reside in Montgomery or surrounding counties (Miami, Greene, Warren, Preble) may enter.
  • Your one poem must be no more than one page in length, typed in a plain typeface, no fancy fonts, colors or illustrations.
  • 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).
  • Spoken word entries are accepted; please provide a direct link to your video on YouTube or TikTok on the entry form. Do not tag the Library. For questions, contact
  • 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 emailed by Midnight on Friday, April 30, 2022.

 Thank you to Mock Turtle Zine for being our 2022 contest partner.

WHO CAN ENTER? Anyone residing in Montgomery and surrounding counties (Miami, Greene, Warren, Preble) in these age categories: Teen (Grades 7-12) Adult (age 18-59 ) Older Adult (age 60+)  Plus we are offering 2 junior categories: Kids (Grades 3-4 + Grades 5-6).

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.

PRIZES! Winners will receive Amazon gift cards. First Place $100 Second Place $75 Third Place $50 in Teen, Adult, and Older Adult Categories. FIRST PLACE WINNERS will be published in Mock Turtle Zine!

Prizes for both junior categories will be Amazon gift cards. First Place $50, Second Place $35, Third Place $25

Read the 2022 Winning Poems

Spoken Word

1st Place: Mary Tarkany - Special Sea Shells

Older Adult

1st Place: Herbert Woodward Martin - After the Viet Nam War
2nd Place: Cheryl B. Lauricella - Drought
3rd Place: Kevin Freckman - Ceramic Lamb


1st Place: Ken Haponek - that's good because if
2nd Place: Ross Kohler - Stretch Marks
3rd Place: Rose Tyler - The Origin


1st Place: Lindsey McDermott - The World is Cruel and Mean
2nd Place: Lilia Lopez - Blue Light and Sunlight
3rd Place: Charlie Banning - Who are you?

Grades 5-6

1st Place: Emma Gramza - Today, Tomorrow
2nd Place: Rylee Bourne - What Makes Me Human
3rd Place: Olivia Kawai - Dear Music

Grades 3-4

1st Place: Abigail Burtrum - Sunlight Winds
2nd Place: Joanna Xavier - Galloping in the Water
3rd Place: Luydia Gibson - Monkey Snack

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