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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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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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