Annual Poetry Contest

The Massillon Public Library invites all local bards to submit their original poems to be entered into our annual poetry contest. Winners will be chosen in three categories: grades 3-8, grades 9-12, and adult.

Non-published poets are invited to submit up to three original works. Poems must be family-friendly.

In collaboration with the Massillon Museum’s “The Big Read” selection, poets have the option of fitting their work to the themes of literature, books in general, or the featured book A Wizard of Earthsea. This is optional. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Through The Big Read, communities come together to read, discuss, and celebrate U.S. and world literature.

Poems will be judged by local, published poet and full-time faculty member at Stark State College of Technology, Duane Matthew Dodson. Winners will be given the opportunity to read their poems at the “Poetry Read-In,” on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Winners will be awarded their prizes during the Read-In.

Deadline for entries is Saturday, March 31. Entry forms are available at the Reference Desk of the Massillon Public Library, Main Children’s Department, the Bookmobile, Barry Askren Memorial Branch Library and Pam S. Belloni Branch Library. Entry forms may also be downloaded from the library’s website or poems may be submitted online.

Contestants grant Massillon Public Library permission to reproduce submitted poems on its website but copyright is retained by the authors. Please do not submit your only copy of your poem as contest submissions will not be returned to you.

Join us for this celebration and become part of Massillon’s literary history! For more information contact Laura Klein at or 330-832-9831, ext. 319.

The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way East. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible.

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