National Poetry Month

Poetry Contest

Each year, the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. It was organized and introduced by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. In honor of National Poetry Month, Pelion Branch Library hosts its annual Poetry Contest.

Sponsored by Friends of Pelion Branch Library

Almost everyone. We have categories for students in elementary, middle and high school as well as adults. We encourage homeschool students of all ages to enter, too.


  • Elementary School Students (grades 1–5)
  • Middle School Students (grades 6–8)
  • HIgh School Students (grades 9–12)
  • Adults (ages 18+)

Applications are available at Pelion Branch Library, all Pelion school media centers and online. Download and print the application.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 25, 2024. Submissions can be delivered to Pelion Branch Library or emailed to Brittany Shay. Late submissions will not be accepted. All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of specialists.
On Wednesday, May 1 at 6 PM, the Pelion Branch Library is hosting a Poetry Party and will be awarding prizes for its annual Poetry Contest. The first place winner, honorable mention recipient and best overall winner (in each of the four categories) will all be announced at the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear poets of all ages read their work while also enjoying light refreshments. It promises to be an evening of inspiring words and uplifting company. Don’t miss out on this exciting event and your chance to win. We look forward to seeing you there.
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