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2019 Poetry Contest

Taking Entries March 1, 2019 until April 10, 2019

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 for the first time ever: 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.

CASH PRIZES! 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!

Cash prizes for both junior categories will be First Place $50, Second Place $35, Third Place $25


  • Submit only one poem per person, no more than one page in length.
  • 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).
  • Poems should be typed in a plain typeface, no fancy fonts, colors or illustrations.
  • 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 received or postmarked by 6:00 p.m. Wed. April, 10 2019

How to Enter - Entries Accepted March 1, 2019 to April 10, 2019

DROP OFF your poem with entry form at any Dayton Metro Library location.

MAIL your poem and entry form to: Dayton Metro Library Poetry Contest, Julie Buchanan, 120 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton OH 45402

EMAIL your poem attached as a Word or Text document to:

Include in the body of your email the information listed below: (Do NOT include this information on the poem itself.)

  • your name
  • address
  • phone number
  • age category
  • poem title


FREE POETRY WORKSHOPS are offered at multiple locations in March and April. Spark your creativity, refresh your poetry writing knowledge, get feedback and more! Join us for any or all.
QUESTIONS? Call the Dayton Metro Library at 937.463.BOOK.


Main Library

215 E. Third St.
Dayton OH 45402


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