Poetry contest

Berkeley County Library System to Host Poetry Contest

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC – The Berkeley County Library System (BCLS) invites residents to enter the Berkeley County Library System Poetry Contest for a chance to win a first, second or third prize in the installments of the following ages:

  • Children from 6 to 12 years old;
  • Teenagers 13 to 17 years old;
  • Adults 18 and over

The selection of winners will be as follows:

  • 1st Venue = $50 cash;
  • 2n/a Location = $25 cash;
  • 3rd Location = $15 cash

The poetry contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley County Library System who provided the prizes.

Contest details:

  • Entrants must reside in Berkeley County with one entry per person.
  • The poem is the entrant’s original work and is no longer than 250 words.
  • Online and print entries must use Times New Roman serif font, size 12 in PDF, DOC or DOCX file format.
  • Entries must not contain profanity or graphic content.
  • Participants under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent/guardian to participate.
  • All entries are final. No substitutions or modifications will be permitted after submission.
  • Entrants can submit a poem by visiting the Poetry Contest or in person at any branch of the BCLS Library from March 21-26, 2022.

Poetry Judging Criteria:

  • Adheres to the theme of the poetry contest and uses poetic language, such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, imagery, metaphors, and similes to enhance the poem.
  • Uses rhythm or rhyme for understanding and elevation.
  • Grammar and punctuation, if included, are used to convey consistent meaning.
  • Voice and tone are used for imagery.
  • First, second and third place winners will be selected from each age group by a panel of judges using a 10-point scoring system.
  • Poems may be published on Berkeley County media channels.

Reading poems:

  • On Friday, April 1, 2022, the BCLS Moncks Corner Library will host a Poetry reading / Microphone evening. The winners of each category will be invited to read their poems.
  • All participants will have the opportunity to read their poem.
  • RSVP is requested for this in-person event which will include light refreshments.

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