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16th Annual Poetry Contest

Entry deadline April 17

Evening of Poetry

May 21 at 6:30

Please bring a copy of your poem if you wish to read.All participants are invited to an “Evening of Poetry” on Monday, May 21th @ 6:30pm in the Dover Public Library Lecture Hall. All participants will be invited to read their poems, but it is not mandatory.


Look for the winning poems on the Dover Public Library’s web site.

Deadline for entry is April 17th.


To Enter:

  1. Each individual may submit one original poem.
  2. Please do not write your name on the poem. Please print your name only on the attached cover sheet.
  3. Please type or print your entries very neatly.
  4. Each participant must complete the attached cover sheet and have it signed by a parent or teacher.
  5. Deadline for entries is April 17, 2018.
  6. Drop boxes will be located at the Dover Public Library and Dover school libraries. 
  7. Poems will become the property of the Dover Public Library and will not be returned. Participants grant the right to use their names and exhibit their work without further permission.
  8. Entry categories are as follows: 
    • Grades K - 2
    • Grades 3 & 4
    • Grades 5 & 6
    • Grades 7 & 8
    • Grades 9 & 10
    • Grades 11 & 12
  9. Prizes will be awarded in each category.
  10. Poems will be judged on originality, style and creativity.

Download an entry form here