Poetry contest

Enter the Palatine Library Poetry Contest

The Palatine Library invites you to participate in its 13th annual poetry contest. Budding poets of all ages can submit their best original piece from Tuesday, March 15 through Tuesday, April 5. This contest is open to all valid district cardholders; winners receive a Barnes & Noble gift card.

Contest guidelines and entry forms are available online beginning Tuesday, March 1. Submit them online at palatinelibrary.org/poetry.

Winners are announced at a Poetry Fest, which will be held from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. This celebration takes place at the library and includes a supportive audience and family-friendly open mic. Register on the library’s website to reserve your spot for this in-person event. This party is open to all ages.

Librarian and poet Tracie Padal has helped plan and coordinate Poetry Month activities since the celebrations began 13 years ago.

“This program gives every voice a chance to be heard and demonstrates why this work is so important. No matter what your age, poetry is a safe place where we can all come together and learn more about ourselves, the on each other and on the world around us,” Padal said.

“We hope this competition will challenge budding poets in our community to develop their skills, and we look forward to reading their masterpieces.”