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KDL Teen Poetry Contest

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The entry period for the Teen Poetry Contest has closed. Good luck to all the poets who entered! The next important date is the Find Your Voice Teen Poetry Slam: Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Kentwood Branch


Attention aspiring poets: KDL is hosting its 15th annual Teen Poetry Contest!

This year features two chances to win prizes. Submit up to two poems for a chance to win a $50 Meijer gift card. Then, read one of your poems at our 3rd Annual Find Your Voice Teen Poetry Slam for another chance to win! You must submit a written work to be eligible for the teen poetry slam.

This programming is provided through the generous donations of community donors.

Submission deadline: April 1, 2018

Find Your Voice Teen Poetry Slam: Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Kentwood Branch

Contest Guidelines

  • Contest is open to Kent County residents in grades 6-12.
  • Poems must be submitted between Feb. 1, 2018 and and April 1, 2018 at any KDL branch or using our online form.
  • A maximum of 2 poems can be submitted.
  • Submitting a poem automatically makes you eligible to partcipate in the teen poetry slam on April 26.
  • All poems must be your own original work.
  • Submissions become the property of Kent District Library and will not be returned. Please be sure to make a copy for yourself.
  • Winning entries will appear on the KDL website's Teen Page. KDL reserves the right to correct minor spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Twenty winners (10 in the juried contest and 10 in the teen poetry slam) will each receive a $50 Meijer gift card. Juried winners will be notified prior to April 24.

Important Dates

David Cope: Book release and signing
Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m., Kentwood Branch

3rd Annual Find Your Voice Teen Poetry Slam
Thursday, April 26 at 6 p.m., Kentwood Branch