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Kids’ Poetry Contest

Submissions Accepted Monday, April 1 through Saturday, April 20

Do you love writing poetry? In honor of Poetry Month, local students are invited to submit one original poem for a chance at a poetry-related prize pack.

Eligibility: Open to Poets in Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12

Prizes: One poet in each category will win a prize pack with a Barnes and Noble gift card worth $25, a quill pen, and a poetry notebook. Two runners up per category will win a prize pack with a quill pen and a poetry notebook.

When: Submissions will be accepted Monday, April 1 through Saturday, April 20. Poems will not be accepted after 5 pm on Saturday, April 20. Prizes will be announced on Monday, April 29.

How to Submit Your Poem: Fill out this contest submission form. Bring it along with a printed copy of your poem to any desk at the Kent Memorial Library.

Other Important Information:

  • All forms of poetry are acceptable. Sonnets, haiku, or free verse, it’s all good!
  • Poems do not need to rhyme. Poems should not include impolite language.
  • Poets must have permission from their parent or guardian to participate.
  • Poems must be original and must not have been previously published.
  • Only one poem per author.
  • All poems must have one single author. Co-authoring is not permitted.
  • Poems should be 500 words or less.
  • Adults can help with typing and submitting the poem, but all other aspects must be the work of the child.
  • Poem submissions will be judged blindly by a panel of library staff.

If you have additional questions, you can call the library at (860) 668-3896 or email us at

Thank you to the Friends of the Kent Memorial Library for supporting this and other programs.