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? (Submissions are no longer being accepted for this year.)
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 (Submission Deadline has Passed for this year)