Annual Poetry Contest

The Massillon Public Library invites all local bards to submit their original poems to be entered into our annual poetry contest. Winners will be chosen in three categories: grades 3-8, grades 9-12, and adult. A $75 gift card to Books-a-Million will be awarded to the winner of each category, courtesy of the Junior Friends of Massillon Public Library.

Non-published poets are invited to submit up to three original works. Poems must be family-friendly

In collaboration with the Massillon Museum’s “The Big Read” selection of True Grit this year, poets have the option of fitting their work to the themes of literature, books in general, or the featured book True Grit. This is optional. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Through The Big Read, communities come together to read, discuss, and celebrate U.S. and world literature.  

Poems will be judged by local published poet and full-time faculty member at Stark State College of Technology, Duane Matthew Dodson. Winners will be given the opportunity to read their poems at the Poetry Read-In on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Winners will be awarded their prizes during the Read-In. Writers who submit an entry that incorporates the Big Read themes may also be invited to read their work during “One-Act Plays” at Washington High School on Wednesday, April 19.

Deadline for entries is Friday, March 31, 2017. Entry forms are available at the Reference Desk of the Massillon Public Library, Main Children’s Department, the Bookmobile, Barry Askren Memorial Branch Library and Pam S. Belloni Branch Library. Entry forms may also be downloaded from the library's website or poems may be submitted online.

Contestants grant Massillon Public Library permission to  reproduce submitted poems on its website but copyright is retained by the authors. Please do not submit your only copy of your poem as contest submissions will not be returned to you.

Join us for this celebration and become part of Massillon’s literary history!  For more information contact Laura Klein at or 330-832-9831, ext. 319.

The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way East. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible. 

Your Massillon Public Library is proud to be an independent library system since 1899.  Although not a branch of the Stark County District Library, we are pleased to collaborate with them in many services. Visit us at our Massillon, Brewster & Navarre locations and on our bookmobile.


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