Teen Poetry Contest

The contest is now closed. Thank you for all the submissions!

Virtual Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam

  • Grades 6-8: Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. Online.
  • Grades 9-12: Thursday, April 29, at 6 p.m. Online.

Open to teens in grades 6-12 living in or attending school 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! Performing at the teen poetry slam is optional; however, to be eligible for the teen poetry slam, you must submit a written work. This year’s slam will be a virtual event.

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

Contest opens: February 1, 2021

Submission deadline: April 4, 2021 (11:59 PM)

Contest Guidelines

  • Contest is open to teens in grades 6-12 who are residents of Kent County, Michigan or attend a school in Kent County, Michigan.
  • Poems must be submitted between Feb. 1, 2021 and April 4, 2021 online only.
  • A maximum of two poems per person can be submitted. Past winning submissions are not eligible.
  • 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 poets will have their names listed on the KDL website’s Teens page.
  • Twenty winners (10 in the written contest and 10 in the teen poetry slam) will each receive a $50 Meijer gift card.
  • Winners will be announced at the Teen Poetry Slam 3:30pm Friday, April 30 on Facebook and YouTube, and in a blog post.
  • The Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam is an uncensored event.