Poetry Contest

2019 Poetry Contest: Entries accepted through Friday, April 19th at 5pm (Deadline Extended!)

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, we’re doing a Poetry Contest! We encourage Teens in grades 6-12 and Adults age 18+ to submit an original poem by April 19th, 2019. The top three poems will be awarded prizes and will be featured on our website once poems have been selected and winners have been notified.

New for this year–we’ll be doing an award ceremony  for the Teen/Adult winners!  Time and date TBD.


  1. Poems can only be submitted online using the form below. No poems will be accepted in person, in any format, at any library branch.
  2. Poems must be the original, previously unpublished work of the submitter.
  3. Length of poems cannot exceed 40 lines.
  4. Poems must be suitable for a general audience, e.g. no profanity, vulgarity, etc.
  5. There is a limit of 2 poems per entrant, up to 40 lines each. Please use a separate form for each entry.
  6. Contest is open to current Mesa County Libraries cardholders Grades 6-12 or Adults 18+.
  7. Deadline for entries is Friday, April 19th, at 5pm.  PLEASE NOTE:  Poems received after this time and date will not be considered.
  8. By submitting a poem, you agree to let Mesa County Libraries use your poem on our website. The copyright is retained by the author.
  9. Poems will be judged on originality, creativity, grammar, artistic quality and adherence to the length limit of 40 lines. The decision of the judge is final.
  10. Names will be taken off each submission when judging to ensure impartiality.
  11. Staff of Mesa County Libraries are not eligible for entry.
  12. Prizes: the top three poets in each category (Teen/Adult) will receive a $20 (1st place), $15 (second place) or $10 (third place) gift card to Downtown Grand Junction.


The Teen contest will be judged by Noel Kalenian, Librarian and published poet.

The Adult contest will be judged by Dr. Randy Phillis, professor of English at CMU, and author of the poetry collections: A Man Explains His Posture; Kismet, Colorado; and Plots We Can’t Keep Up With.

Please call 970-683-2408 or email ctaylor@mcpld.org with any questions.

Submissions will be accepted online only March 19, 2019-April 19th, 2019.