2024 SCCLD Teen Poetry Contest

Announcing the 18th Annual SCCLD Teen Poetry Contest!

How does it work?

  • One winner from each library will be chosen in the following categories: Middle School (grades 6–8) and High School (grades 9–12).
  • Winners will receive a $50 gift card AND an exclusive winners' workshop with Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Yosimar Reyes on Saturday June 8, 2024 at 11AM!
  • Winners will be notified by May 20, 2024 and must respond by May 27, 2024 to receive prize.

What should I write?

  • Poems will be judged by grade level, original content, style, vocabulary, and creative expression. You may write in any poetry style you like, on any subject.
  • Participants may submit up to three (3) original poems that are no longer than 30 lines per poem.
  • Poems may be submitted online (see form below) or in-person at your library. Poems submitted in-person will not be returned; they must be typed or handwritten neatly and legibly, and you must include a completed entry form with each poem you submit.

How do I submit my poem(s)?

  • Online (using the form below) OR in-person (with a printed entry form) at your library. You can also pick up a blank entry form at your library. Poems submitted in person without the form will not be considered, so don't forget to attach it!
  • Please note that the online submission form may distort the format of your poem. If the format is integral, please print your poem and turn it in at your library.
  • The last day to submit your entries is April 30th, 2024!

Teen Poetry Contest Entry Form

  • Phone number OR email required for prize eligibility.
  • Please submit poem as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
    Max. file size: 30 MB.
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