TUSCARAWAS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY POETRY CONTEST
OVERALL WINNER: I Hope by Steven Shroyer
ADULT WINNER: HOPE by Andy Liptak
TEEN WINNER: Hoping by Brooke Bauer
TWEEN WINNER: When Hope is Lost by Madison Burkholder
JUNIOR WINNER: Hope by Claire Miller
In celebration of April being National Poetry Month, the Tuscarawas County Public Library is hosting a SHINE A LIGHT ON HOPE poetry contest.
WHO CAN ENTER?
Anyone residing in Tuscarawas County is welcome to enter the Shine a Light On Hope poetry contest in one of the following categories: Juniors (Grades 2 & 3); Tweens (Grades 4-6); Teens (Grades 7th-12th); Adults (18yrs and up)
The poems will be judged by library employees based on originality and adherence to the theme of HOPE. The poetry will be judged anonymously; no judge will be aware of the author.
For each category, multiple prizes will be awarded. From all entries, an overall BEST POEM will be selected and will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card. Winning poems will be published on the library’s website and may also be published in local media outlets.
HOW TO ENTER:
Entries will only be accepted by email. The poem must be submitted with the entry form. In order to maintain anonymity, the author’s name and contact information should only be included on the entry form and not on the poem. The entry form may be downloaded below. Please email your poem and entry form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will be accepted through May 8th with winners announced the week of May 11th.
- Students and adults living in Tuscarawas County may each enter two poems
- Employees of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System may not enter the contest; family members of library employees may enter as long as their relatives do not serve among the judges.
- All poems entered should incorporate and convey the theme of HOPE.
- Poems may be of any poetic style, but they should be no longer than 250 words
- Poems should not incorporate unusual fonts or illustrations and should be easily legible; please double check spelling and punctuation of your poems before submitting.
- Poems should be appropriate for a general audience.
- Poems must be the author’s original work and may not be copied from any book or other source. Plagiarized poems will be disqualified.
- Contestants must enter their poems via email with an attached entry form.
- Submissions will not be returned. Authors retain all copyrights to their work.