Poetry Contest

In celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, the Massillon Public Library invites all local bards to submit their original poems to be entered into our Fourteenth Annual Poetry Contest!

1. Please address all questions to Laura Klein, Children’s Services and Special Projects Manager, at the Massillon Public Library at 330-832-9831, x319.

2. Writings submitted to the contest must be original work. There is a limit of three poems per entrant.

3. The contest is open to those in Grades 3 through 12 and adults (over age 18).

4. Deadline is March 31 by library closing time in person OR by 11:59 p.m. if submitting online.

5. Pieces must be family-friendly. In collaboration with the Massillon Museum’s 2021 The Big Read selection of Circe by Madeline Miller, writers have the option of fitting their work to the themes of literature, books in general, or the featured book. 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 literature.

6. Writings must be submitted with an entry form (signed by a parent or guardian if under 18 years of age) in person OR submitted online. Submissions will not be returned. The Massillon Public Library may reproduce your piece on its website or other social media; however, copyright is retained by the author. Please do not submit your only copy as it will not be returned to you!

7. The decision of the judge is final. Winners will be announced by April 20 and prizes of a $50 gift card to Books-A-Million will be awarded in each competing age group: Grades 3-8, Grades 9-12, and Adult.

8. Entrants in this contest will be given the opportunity to read their work at the Poetry Read-In held by the Massillon Public Library, via Zoom, on April 20 at 6:30 p.m. Winners may be invited to read at One-Act Plays at Washington High School.

9. Pieces can be submitted at any of the following locations: the Main Library Children’s or Reference Desks; the main Circulation Desks at the Belloni (Brewster) or Askren (Navarre) Branch; to the staff aboard the MPL Bookmobile; or online.