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Library Poetry Contest Goes Digital

Residents of Montgomery and adjoining counties are invited to enter the Dayton Metro Library Poetry Contest, April 1 through April 30. 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 two junior categories: Kids (Grades 3-4 + Grades 5-6). This year, due to COVID-19’s impacts to library service, entries will only be taken through email.

poetrylogo sm“The Library has hosted the Poetry Contest for many years, but this year we are asking everyone to enter through email,” said Julie Buchanan, Programming Manager. “We hope our contest can still provide a creative outlet for poets while they are spending more time at home.”

Poems can be any subject but must be limited to one page, and only one poem per person. Entries must be emailed to no later than midnight on Thursday, April 30, 2020. 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.

“The Poetry Contest is also a great opportunity to fulfill an at-home school assignment,” said Buchanan. “There is a lot room for creativity.”

Winners will receive Amazon gift cards. First Place $100 Second Place $75 Third Place $50 in Teen, Adult, and Older Adult Categories. Prizes for both junior categories will be Amazon gift cards. First Place $50, Second Place $35, Third Place $25

For contest details, a printable entry form, and online entry, visit or call 937.463.2665.

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