9th Annual Poetry Contest

March 15 - April 15

Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing your own poetry!

How to Enter

Deadline for all entries: April 15

Apply online

In Person
Submit your entry at the second floor Reference Desk or any Branch. Include a completed Entry Form with your submission.

By Post
Mail your poem and Entry Form 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.


Poets of all ages may submit 1 typed, unpublished poem (50 lines or less).

  • Youth (Lower Elementary): preschool through grade 4
  • Youth (Upper Elementary): grades 5-6
  • Teens: grades 7-12
  • Adults: ages 18+

Work is judged “blind;” omit personal info (i.e. your name) from your entry.

There is no entry fee.

Poems are displayed in the Main Library as space permits. We cannot return entries. 

Awards & Prizes

Palatine Public Library District residents compete for the Nancy J. Heggem Poetry Awards. These winners receive a cash prize.

Nonresidents compete for the Library’s Write-On Awards. These winners receive a gift card. 

All winners receive a certificate and publication of their poem on the Library’s website. 

Professional judges select the winners.

Current Palatine Library staff, board members, and trustees are not eligible for prizes.

Celebrate with Us

Winners are announced at our 2018 Poetry Fest on Sunday, May 6, 2:30 pm . All attendees will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Sign up.