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April is Poetry Month! Celebrate by entering a poem in the Westfield Athenaeum Poetry Contest. All entries submitted must meet contest guidelines. Poems that do not meet guidelines will not be accepted.
DEADLINE: Entries will be accepted April 1st – April 29th, 2017. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on SATURDAY, April 29th. Entries received, either in person or via post mail, after 5 p.m. on April 29th will not be eligible. Entries should not be put in the bookdrop. E-mail entries cannot be accepted.
All entries must adhere to the guidelines described on this page.
Entries that do not meet contest guidelines cannot be accepted.
Only one (1) poem per person is allowed.
Poems cannot be longer than one 8 1/2 X 11 inch page
Poems must be typed or hand-written on white paper
The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the
The poem must have a title in the top center of the page.
Poems must be the original work
All entries and artwork become the property of Library and will be bound into a book for public viewing in the Library.
All Boys and Girls writers must be in grades 1-12.
All Adult writers must be 18 years of age and older
When your poem is submitted, you will be required to provide your name, address, phone number, and the title of the poem and category level. Your poem will be assigned a number to keep judging anonymous.
Artwork may be submitted to accompany poems, but judging will only be on the poem, not the artwork.
A reception and live reading will be held at the library to honor all participants.
Due to the public nature of the Poetry Contest’s public reading portion, at which children may be present, the Westfield Athenaeum reserves the right to reject any submissions that might be considered offensive to members of our community based on content. The Westfield Athenaeum adheres to the American Library Association’s application of ‘contemporary community standards’ in order to determine whether something is obscene.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE LIBRARY 568-7833.