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Poetry Contest Rules and General Information

Entries will be accepted from February 1 to March 19.


Students in grades 4 through 12, who are Elmhurst residents or attend a school located in Elmhurst may enter.

Contest rules and requirements

  • Entries may be submitted online.
  • For hard-copy submissions:
    • Poems must be typed on white paper in black ink with no art work.
    • Students must submit poems attached to a completed entry blank. Names must be written only on the back of the poem as well as on the entry blank.
    • Entries may be mailed to Elmhurst Public Library or delivered to the Library’s Welcome Desk.
  • All poems must be the student’s original work.
  • A student may submit only one entry.
  • Entries will not be returned. Each entrant should keep a copy.
  • Entrants grant to the Friends of the Elmhurst Public Library the right to copy and publish the submission.


  • Awards will be presented in each of several age groups.
  • The winner in each age group receives a $50 City Centre gift certificate.
  • The second place winner in each age group receives a $25 City Centre gift certificate.
  • Students who receive honorable mentions receive a $10 City Centre gift certificate.
  • Winners’ names will be on display at the Library.
  • First and second place winners and students receiving honorable mentions will be asked to read their works in a program at the Library on April 28 for later broadcast on local cable TV. These students should bring a copy of their poem to read at the program.

All entries must be received by mail, in person at the Library’s Welcome Desk, or submitted online by 5 p.m. on March 19, 2017.

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