Programs

Teen Poetry Contest

Write to Be Free!

Free your mind with the power of poetry! Write a poem and enter to win a prize. Turn in your poem, along with this entry form, to any Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County location between April 1–30.

What: A poem. Type or write your poem (just be sure we can read it). Electronic submissions will be accepted. Each submission should include an entry form. Entry forms are available at all Library locations and to download. There is a limit of four entries per person.

When: April 1–30. Poems submitted after April 30 will not be eligible for the contest.

How:  

  • A hard copy of your poem mailed to:  

Teen Poetry Contest/TeenSpot  
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County  
800 Vine Street  
Cincinnati, OH 45202  

  • An electronic copy emailed to teenspot@cincinnatilibrary.org.  
  • Hand delivered to any Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County location.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded in two age categories: 12-14 and 15-18. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced in May and prizes awarded at a recognition event at the TeenSpot at the Main Library. An anthology of the award winning entries will be published and printed using the Library’s Espresso Book Machine, and all winners will receive a complimentary copy of the book. 

Rules: Entries will be judged on creativity and style. There is no theme. The contest is for teens ages 12-18. Content should be appropriate for the teen audience. If you are entering more than one poem in the contest, turn in one entry form with each poem you submit. There is a limit of four entries per person. Teens from the Library’s Official Teen Advisory Board will judge entries and select the winners, with final approval from Library staff.

Events

Black Out Poetry 
Price Hill Branch 
Thursday, April 5th @ 3:30 pm

Write to Be Free 
Main Library - TeenSpot
Thursday, April 5th @ 4pm

Black Out Poetry 
Bond Hill Branch 
Monday, April 9th @ 4:30 pm

Teen Writing
Loveland Branch 
Thursday, April 12th & 26th @ 6pm

How to Read a Poem
Main Library - TeenSpot
Thursday, April 19th @ 4pm

Make Your Own Magnetic Poetry Haiku
Pleasant Ridge Branch 
Thursday, April 19th @ 4pm

Words on Warsaw Reading Series 
Price Hill Branch 
Thursday, April 26th @ 7pm

Things To Do:

Sponsored by the Kersten Fund. Program partner is Elementz