2023 SCCLD Teen Poetry Contest

Welcome to the 17th Annual SCCLD Teen Poetry Contest!

How does it work?

  • One winner from each library will be chosen in the following categories: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.
  • Winners will receive a $50 gift card and a private workshop session with Poet Laureate Tshaka Campbell.
  • Winners will be notified May 20, 2023 and must respond by May 27, 2023 to receive prize.

Poem Requirements:

  • Poems will be judged by grade level, original content, style, vocabulary, and creative expression.
  • Participants may submit up to three original poems that are no longer than 30 lines per poem.
  • Submitted poems will not be returned. They must be printed neatly or typed. Make sure it is legible.

How do I submit?

  • Online (submit the form below) OR  in person with an entry form at the library. Poems submitted in person without the form will not be considered. Make sure to attach the completed form.
  • Please note that the online submission form may distort the format of your poem. If the format is integral, please turn in your poem at the library.
  • The last day to submit your entries is April 30th, 2023.