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We’re happy to announce the winners of our 16th annual poetry contest. We received more than 75 entries this year, and the competition was fierce; especially within the teen category.

All of our local public middle and high schools, as well as many local private schools were represented. Seven judges, including several staff members, read through the poems to select the winners. We were most impressed by the poets’ bravery in expressing their emotions. Our final decisions did not come easy, but reading the poems was a delight.

Visit the 3rd floor of the Library to view all winning poems in both the adult and teen categories. Teen winners are also displayed in the Teen Underground on the Lower Level. Booklets with all of the winning poems are available free to the public, and can be picked up at either display.

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NationalPoetryMonth

April showers bring May flowers…and also meter, verse and rhyme. Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is held each April. The mission of this 30-day campaign is to promote poetry as a living art form, as well as remember our poetic heritage. Much of our oldest surviving literature — including epic works like The Odyssey, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh — are recorded in poetic verse. Likewise, today’s hip hop artists like Kendrick Lamar win praise for composing complex rhymes and delivering them with a melodic flow.

We celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry-writing contest for teens and adults. Now in its sixteenth year, our 2014 contest runs through April 22 (which also happens to be Earth Day).

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Win prizes! Submit up to 6 of your best poems to our annual contest to celebrate National Poetry Month.

To enter you must reside in Northern Illinois and be between 10 and 18 years old as of the deadline: April 21, 2013.

Please include your name, age, address, phone number, name of your school and library card number.

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed prominently in the library.

Download the official flyer with complete rules here.

Questions? Email Teen Librarian Donna Block at dblock@nileslibrary.org.

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Enter our poetry contest by April 17, 2011!

Winning poems will be printed in a booklet and displayed at the library.

First Prize: $75 certificate   Second Prize: $50 certificate   Third Prize: $25 certificate

Contest is open to residents of Chicago and suburbs.

  • To enter you must be between 10 and 18 years old as of April 17, 2011.

  • Limit 6 poems per poet.

  • Include your name, age, address and phone number.

Click Here for the Full Contest Rules.

Email entries: to dblock@nileslibrary.org

Learn more about National Poetry Month.

Looking for inspiration or need some writing tips? Check out some of the great poetry books in our collection.

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