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Poetry Contest

Enter Our 17th Annual Poetry Contest!

Deadline: April 20, 2015

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed at the Library. Prizes will also be awarded to First ($75 gift card), Second ($50 gift card) and Third ($25 gift card) place poets. The contest is open to residents of Niles and the surrounding areas including Chicago and Suburbs. We have two separate competitions for teens and adults.

Teens:

To enter you must be between 10-18 years old as of April 20, 2015. Poems may be of any length. Limit 6 poems per poet. Print poems must be on a separate sheet of paper. Email entries may be submitted as one message. Include your name, age, address, phone number, name of your school and library card number. Submit entries in the Teen Underground (Lower Level) or email to Donna Block at dblock@nileslibrary.org with the subject “Poetry Contest”.

Winners of the teen competition will also be invited to read their work in our Poetry Lounge on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 4pm. All ages are welcome to this special event featuring National Student Poet Weston Clark. Register here!

Adults:

To enter you must be at least 18 years old. Poems may be of any length. Handwritten poems not accepted. Limit 6 poems per poet. Each poem must be on a separate sheet of paper. Email entries may be submitted as one message. On the back of each entry include your name, address, phone number and library card number. Submit entries at Adult Services desk 3rd Floor. Or email to Maryellen Essig at messig@nileslibrary.org with the subject “Poetry Contest”.

Questions?

Call the Niles Library at 847-663-6603. Please note we cannot return entries. Winners will be contacted by telephone. Submitting entries for the contest constitutes permission to publish your name and poem should your entry win.