Poetry contest

Hays Library invites submissions for 21st Annual Poetry Competition


The 21st Annual Hays Public Library Poetry Competition is going virtual. Rather than holding an in-person submission night, HPL will be accepting online submissions of original poetry works until 11:59 p.m. on April 12.

Entrants (aged 16 and over) can submit an original piece of poetry to the Hays Public Library website, hayslibrary.org/poetry-contest. Judges, including Fort Hays State University History Department Chair David Goodlett, FHSU Advisor and Local Author Dawne Leiker, and HPL Patron Experience Coordinator Nicole Thibodeau, will deliberate and choose a first and a second winners, who will be announced via HPL Facebook on April 16. The first winner will receive $75 in chambers checks and their name will be engraved on the poetry contest plaque, and the second winner will receive $50 in chambers checks.

HPL values ​​the art of writing and celebrates the coming together of the many voices of the Hays community. After the competition, all submitted works of poetry will be published in a literary journal titled Mirrors to showcase the incredible creativity and hard work of those who participated. Physical and digital copies of Mirrors will be available.

For questions or comments, contact Thibodeau at [email protected].

You can learn more about this and other library programs at hayslibrary.org or by calling 785-625-9014.