Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing your own poetry!

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  • No entry fee.
  • Poets of all ages may submit 1 typed, unpublished poem (50 lines or less).
    • Youth (Lower Elementary): Preschool through age 8
    • Youth (Upper Elementary): ages 9 - 12
    • Teens: ages 13 - 17
    • Adults: ages 18+
  • Work is judged “blind;” omit personal info (i.e. your name) from your entry. Include an Entry Form (see below) with in-person and postal submissions.
  • Work by Palatine Public Library District residents will be considered for the Nancy J. Heggem Poetry Awards; work by nonresidents will be considered for the Palatine Public Library’s Write-On Awards.
  • Current PPLD staff, board members, and trustees are not eligible for prizes.
  • Professional judges will select the best entry in each category. Each winner will receive a certificate, a cash prize, and publication on the Library’s website.
  • The Library cannot return entries.

Professional judges will select the best entry in each age category. Winners receive a certificate and a cash prize.

Display Guidelines

  • Poems will be displayed in the Main Library as space permits

Submission Options:

  • Online: Fill out the online submission form below.
  • In Person: Submit your entry to the Reference Desk or any Branch.
    • Include a completed Entry Form with your submission. Download and print an Entry Form, or pick one up at the Reader Assistance Desk, Reference Desk, or the Branches beginning March 1.
  • Via Mail: Mail your entry and a completed Entry Form (see above) to: Poetry Contest, c/o Information Services Department, Palatine Public Library District, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067.
    Postmark deadline: April 15. Postal entries must be received by April 22 to be eligible for judging.

Celebrate With Us

  • Winners will be announced at a special ceremony and open mic at 2:30 pm on Saturday, May 6. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Sign up. 


Submission Form

*Required fields.

Tell us about yourself

We'll email you a copy of your submission.

Submit your poem

Please submit your poem in one of two ways:

  1. Type or paste your poem into the text box
  2. email your poem to web [at] palatinelibrary [dot] org as a Word (.doc) attachment - Recommended for poems with special formatting

maximum: 50 lines