Teen Poetry Contest

April is the time for Random Acts 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. Don’t forget an entry form. Entry forms are available to print or submit online. 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.


  • 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  
  • 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 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 in 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.


I Want to Write! (Now what?)

This workshop will not only cover tips for anyone looking to get started writing fiction, but also strategies for those already writing but who are looking to move to the next level. Presented by Kurt Dinan, the Library’s Writer-in-Residence.  For ages 12-18.

Main Library – Saturday, April 1 at 12:30 pm

Teen Poetry Workshops

Need help getting your poems ready for the Library's Teen Poetry Contest? Bring your poems for feedback or get tips on how to get started.  Presented by Elementz. For ages 12-18.

St. Bernard - Tuesday, April 4 at 3:30 pm

Elmwood Place - Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Main Library - Monday, April 10 at 4pm

Bond Hill - Monday, April 24 at 4:30 pm

Things To Do:

Sponsored by the Kersten Fund. Program partner is Elementz.