21st Annual Poetry Contest

Entry deadline April 19th

Download application form (K-12 Students)

Download application form (Adults)

To Enter:

  1. Each individual may submit one original poem.
  2. Participants must be residents of the New Hampshire seacoast area.
  3. Please do not write your name on the poem. Please print your name only on the attached cover sheet.
  4. Please type or print your entries very neatly.
  5. Each participant must complete the attached cover sheet, and students in grades K-12 must have it signed by a parent or teacher.
  6. Deadline for entries is April 19th 2023.
  7. Drop boxes will be located at the Dover Public Library, and submissions can also be e-mailed to e.ainaire@dover.nh.gov
  8. 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.
  9. Entry categories are as follows: 
    • Grades K - 2
    • Grades 3 & 4
    • Grades 5 & 6
    • Grades 7 & 8
    • Grades 9 & 10
    • Grades 11 & 12
    • Adults (ages 18 & older)
  10. Prizes will be awarded in each category.
  11. Poems will be judged on originality, style and creativity.

Winning poems will be shared on our website.

Dover Public Library