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Submissions are now closed!

2024 Contest for Young Poets

Submission Deadline Friday, March 15, 2024
Winners will be notified by Monday, April 19, 2024

The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library is celebrating National Poetry Month in April! We are inviting K-12 students throughout Ross County to submit one original, unpublished poem anytime between now and Friday, March 15, 2024.

Selected poems will be published in our annual poetry anthology and some art pieces may be chosen for display at our Northside Branch location.

Judges choose winners from each of the following grade levels:

  • K - 2nd grades
  • 3rd - 5th grades
  • 6th - 8th grades
  • 9th - 12th grades

Winners receive a free copy of the anthology, as well as an invitation to read their work at our Poetry Reception on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30pmThe location for the reception will be announced at a later date.

Additional copies of the anthology will be available for purchase.

Submission Guidelines

Entries must use the provided template and may be submitted the following ways:

Poetry Template & Other Materials

Feel free to contact us via or call Sheena or Laura at 740-702-4145.