Ends on April 1, 2019

Attention aspiring poets: Kent District Library is hosting the Write Michigan Teen Poetry Contest!

This year features two chances to win prizes. Submit up to two poems for a chance to win a $50 Meijer gift card. Then, read one of your poems at our 4th Annual Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam for another chance to win! You must submit a written work to be eligible for the teen poetry slam.

This programming is provided through the generous donations of community donors.

Contest is open to Kent County, Mich., residents in grades 6-12.

Contest opens: Feb. 1, 2019

Submission deadline: April 1, 2019


  • Contest is open to Kent County residents in grades 6-12.
  • Poems must be submitted between Feb. 1, 2019 and April 1, 2019 online only.
  • A maximum of two poems can be submitted.
  • Submitting a poem automatically makes you eligible to partcipate in the teen poetry slam on April 25.
  • All poems must be your own original work.
  • Submissions become the property of Kent District Library and will not be returned. Please be sure to make a copy for yourself.
  • Winning entries will appear on the KDL website's Teen Page. KDL reserves the right to correct minor spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Twenty winners (10 in the juried contest and 10 in the teen poetry slam) will each receive a $50 Meijer gift card. 
  • Winners will be announced at the Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam. 

Important Dates

Write Michigan Teen Poetry Conference and Workshop  (Registration required) 

  • Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kentwood Branch

Katie Kalisz: Book release and signing

  • Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m., Kentwood Branch

Write Michigan Teen Poetry Slam

  • Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m., Kentwood Branch