Our Annual Poetry Contest is on! Submit your poem and your creativity could win you a cash prize! The theme for 2020 is “Forgotten.”

 Winners will be announced at the Poetry Coffeehouse on Friday, May 29, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. Cash prizes are provided by the Friends of the Library. There are categories for both youth and adult poets!

How do I enter?
Submit your poem online using the form below or hand in your poem in person to a Maitland Public Library staff member.

Contest Deadline: Wednesday, April 152020, 11:59 p.m.

Contest Rules
The poem must be:

  • Original: An original piece, of your own authorship.
  • Thematic: Ensure it fits this year’s theme, “Forgotten.”
  • 1 page or less: Poetry length of no more than one page.
  • Typed: Handwritten poems will not be accepted.
  • In a 12-point font: Pick a legible font, e.g. Calibri, Times New Roman, Georgia, etc.
  • At least 1″ margins: Ensure your document has a margin setting of at least 1 inch.
  • 1 entry per person
  • Maitland Public Library staff, board members, and their households are welcome to enter, however they are ineligible to place.

Contact details: If you are turning in your poem in person, include the following on a SEPARATE piece of paper:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • School and Grade (if applicable)


Poetry Contest Submission Form

  • I have read and I acknowledge the rules of the Maitland Public Library Poetry Contest. I grant the Maitland Public Library a royalty-free, non-exclusive right in perpetuity to use and display my poem at the Library or other city of Maitland venues, or in any of its publications, including but not limited to newsletters and websites.
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