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Belmont Teen Poetry Contest: Is There a New Whitman or Angelou Among Us?

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Belmont Library is hosting its first ever Teen Poetry Contest for middle and high schoolers.


Budding student poets are invited to submit their poems for consideration in monthlong Poetry Contest.

The contest is being held in celebration of National Poetry Month, during which, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

How to participate in the poetry contest:

Middle and high school students are invited to submit up to three original poems, no longer than 30 lines, that will be judged by grade level, original content, style, vocabulary, and creative expression.

Belmont Library Poetry Contest rules:

  1. All poems must be printed neatly or typed. Poems will not be returned.
  2. We will select one winner from middle school and one from high school.
  3. The winning poems will also be entered into a national contest held by VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) in December and possibly published nationally.
  4. By entering your poem, you give the Belmont Library permission to post or publish your poem online or in the library.
  5. Contest runs from April 1st through April 30th. Winners will be contacted by phone or email by May 31st and their poems along with honorable mentions will be displayed in the Teen Zone.

Winners will receive a $25 cash prize.

For an entry form, visit the Belmont Library located at 1100 Alameda de las Pulgas or e-mail Dolly Goyal for more information. Poems may be submitted in person or by e-mail to Dolly Goyal and must include an entry form or information from the form.

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