The 2021 SCCLD Teen Poetry Contest

Welcome to the 15th Annual SCCLD Teen Poetry Contest!

This year join the Teen Services Librarians in celebrating 15 years of the SCCLD Teen Poetry Contest.

While all 14 previous years of booklets featuring the winning Teen Poets are available in our libraries, we are commemorating this anniversary by publishing a hardcover book featuring all 15 years of the contest in one volume. This volume will be part of the prize given to our 2021 poetry winners.

How wonderful to be celebrating this milestone as we start a new tradition with the announcement of the first Santa Clara County Youth Poet Laureate.

Entering the SCCLD Teen Poetry Contest


  • One winner from each library will be chosen in the following categories: Grades 6-8 (Middle School), Grades 9-12 (High School)
  • Submit up to three original poems, no longer than 30 lines.
  • All poems must be printed neatly or typed. Make sure it is legible.
  • Submitted poems will not be returned.
  • Poems may be submitted with the online form below or contact your Teen Librarian to submit a paper entry form.
  • Last day to submit your entry is April 30, 2021.
  • Poems will be judged by grade level, original content, style, vocabulary, and creative expression.
  • Winners will receive a $50.00 gift card and the hardcover 15 years of the Teen Poetry Contest Book.
  • Winners will be contacted by phone or email by May 30, 2021.
  • Prize distribution will be arranged with your Teen Services Librarian.

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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