The Dayton Metro Library Poetry Contest is open and accepting entries now through April 30. Anyone residing in Montgomery or surrounding counties (Miami, Greene, Warren, Preble) is eligible to enter. There are five age categories: Adult (age 18-59 ), Older Adult (age 60+), Teen (Grades 7-12), and two junior categories: Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6.
Poems may be any subject matter, but must be suitable for a general audience. 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 five age categories will be published in an upcoming issue of Mock Turtle Zine. Additionally, first, second and third place winners in the Teen, Adult, and Older Adult categories will receive Amazon gift cards: First Place $100, Second Place $75, Third Place $50.
Limit of one poem per person; entries must be submitted via email. More information, including a fillable entry form, contest rules and guidelines, are available at DaytonMetroLibrary.org/poetry. Questions may be submitted to this email address, or call the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937-463-2665.
Entries must be submitted by midnight on Friday, April 30, 2021.