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Library Poetry Contest Features New Juniors Categories

Residents of Montgomery and adjoining counties are invited to enter the Dayton Metro Library Poetry Contest, March 1 through April 10. New this year – categories for poets in Grades 3-6, as well as Teens (grades 7-12), Adults (18-59) and Older Adults (age 60+).

“The Library has hosted the Poetry Contest for many years and we’ve been asked in the past if children could enter, but this is the first year we’ve had a category for them,” said Julie Buchanan, Programming Manager. “We’re excited to expand the contest now, and see how creative kids can be.”

Poems can be any subject but must be limited to one page, and only one poem per person. Entries can be mailed, emailed or dropped off at any Dayton Metro Library location. They will be judged by the editorial board of Mock Turtle Zine, an independent, nonprofit collaborative that promotes Dayton area writers and artists in both a print publication and online. First Place winners in all age categories will be published in an upcoming issue of Mock Turtle Zine.

Cash prizes will also be awarded in each age category:

Teen/Adult/Older Adult:

$100 First Place + Publication in Mock Turtle Zine
$75 Second Place
$50 Third Place
$10 Honorable Mention

Junior Categories (Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6):

$50 First Place + Publication in Mock Turtle Zine
$35 Second Place
$25 Third Place
$5 Honorable Mention

An awards event is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, in the Main Library’s Eichelberger Forum. Finalists will be notified in advance.

For contest details, a printable entry form, and online entry, visit


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