April is National Poetry Month! We have several events in April for children, teens, and adults to enjoy, learn more about, and create poetry, including poetry contests for children, teens (grades 7-12), and adults.  Below, please find the rules, and come back to this page on April 9 to view the submissions for each category!  Visit us at the library between April 9 and 25 to read printed copies of the poems and to vote!  Winners will be announced on Friday, April 27.



Original poems of any length or form will be accepted.  You may submit only one poem.

Entries must be submitted either in person or online Sunday, April 8.
To submit online, email ssmith@flintpublib.org (for teens and adults) or jfurtado@flintpublib.org (for children).  To submit in person, bring your poem to the children’s room or adult circulation desk.

Entries must include a separate cover sheet with your name, grade (for teens and children), and phone number, as well as the title or first line of the poem.  Your poem should be submitted on a separate sheet with no identifying information.

Entries will be displayed (anonymously) in print at the library and online.

Voting—in person only—will be available at the library Monday, April 9-Wednesday, April 25.

We’ll have one contest for children, one for teens in grades 7-12, and one for adults, with one winner in each contest.

The prize for the adult poetry contest is a $50 gift card to Angelica’s!

The prize for the teen poetry contest is a $30 gift card for AMC Loews movie theaters!

The prize for the children’s poetry contest is a four-pack of passes for mini-golf and ice cream at Paradise Family Golf!

Winners will be announced on Friday, April 27.


Other Poetry Events in April

Tuesday, April 17 2:00-4:00 book spine poetry workshop for teens and adults

Tuesday, April 17 2:00-4:00 poetry collage workshop for children 8 and up

Wednesday, April 18 6:30-7:30 open mic poetry night for teens and adults (children welcome to attend)

Monday, April 23 6:30-8:00 blackout poetry workshop for teens and adults


Still want more?  Click here to check out the official website of National Poetry month.  Also, don’t miss the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA, May 4-6, 2018.