Teen Poetry Contest

Open to teens in grades 6-12 living in Kent County, Michigan

Attention aspiring poets: Enter your work into the Write Michigan Teen Poetry Contest!

The contest, organized by Kent District Library in Kent County, offers two chances to win prizes. Submit up to two poems for a chance to win a $50 Meijer gift card. Then, read one of your poems at our 5th Annual Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam for another chance to win! You must submit a written work to be eligible for the teen poetry slam. 

This programming is sponsored in part through the generous gifts of community donors.

Submission deadline: 5 PM April 6, 2020 April 30, 2020

Contest Guidelines

  • Contest is open to Kent County residents in grades 6-12.
  • Poems must be submitted online only.
  • A maximum of two poems per person can be submitted.
  • Submitting a poem automatically makes you eligible to participate in the teen poetry slam.
  • All poems must be your own original work.
  • Submissions become the property of Kent District Library and will not be returned. Please be sure to make a copy for yourself.
  • Winning entries will appear on the KDL website’s Teens page. KDL reserves the right to correct minor spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Twenty winners (10 in the juried contest and 10 in the teen poetry slam) will each receive a $50 Meijer gift card.
  • Winners will be announced at the Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam at a future date. Update: Winners announced May 27; see the list!

Important Dates

Write Michigan Teen Poetry Workshop

Here is a great chance to learn and work with one of our area’s finest poets. Kelsey May will share her knowledge of writing, submitting and performing poetry — just in time for you to submit to the KDL Write Michigan Teen Poetry Contest. Refreshments provided. Pre-registration required.

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 6:30 PM, Kelloggsville Branch
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 10:30 AM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 3:15 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 3:15 PM, Wyoming Branch

Celebration of the Arts ft. Rodney Torreson Obe and Johan Vandertol

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch Cancelled

Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam

  • Thursday, April 23, at 6 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch Cancelled