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Poetry Prompts

Poems of all types are welcome!  Whether you are a traditional poet or an experimental one; whether your poetry is lyrical, humorous or dark; you can make these prompts work for you!

1.  Write a poem based on a dream you had.  Try to reproduce the sensations from that dream.

2.  Write a poem from the perspective of a character in a fairy tale.

3.  Write a poem in the form of a message or a letter to your future self.

4.  List 3 of the most inconvenient things that happened to you today.  Now write a poem about at least 1 of them.

5.  Write a poem in the form of a letter (epistle).


Enter your Poems!


1.  Every poem must have a title on the front page and include an entry form.  Entry forms are available at the Library front desk.

2.  Poems must be original and cannot exceed 50 lines.

3.  Poems must be submitted by the official deadline.

4.  There is no limit to the amount of poems that a student can submit but each must have its own entry form completed.

4.  Do not write your name on any poem but make sure each poem has a title.



Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter the contest?

Fill out the entry form and turn it in along with your poem to the Library by the official deadline (see Librarian for date).

How are the winners selected?

The judges will read every entry and whittle them down to 4 finalists.  Those finalists will then be assigned a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place ranking.  Names are not on the poems when the judges read them.

What are the prizes?

Each place will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card in the following denominations:

1st place $70, 2nd place $40, 3rd place $25 and 4th place $15. 

The 1st place winner will also have her poem published in the monthly OLP newsletter!

Can I get my poem back?

Once the poem is submitted, we cannot return it.  Please make copies of your poem and do not send in the original.

How/when will I be notified if I win?

Winners will be announced in the Library during Co-curricular on April 8th. 

What is the "poetry reading" part all about?

Any student is welcome to read her poem(s) aloud to the audience on April 8th during Co-curricular.  Those who wish to read their poems and have not entered them in the contest must submit them to the Library by March 27th for approval.  Poetry contestants are welcome but not required to read their poems aloud too!


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