March 13–April 14, 2023
Calling all teen and adult poets and poets-at-heart: Let’s celebrate National Poetry Month together!
The New Lenox Public Library will be hosting a month-long poetry contest to highlight your creativity. Submit a poem on any topic and in a style of your choosing.
- All poems will be published in our annual poetry booklet.
- Prizes will be awarded to the top poems in each of the following age categories: Grades 7–9, Grades 10–12, and Adult.
- Only one poem per person can be entered.
- Entries accepted only within the United States.
The poem can be any length, type/form, and topic, but because we publish the poems for our community to read, the topic must be appropriate for a wide range of ages.
If you're looking to connect with other local writers or learn how to self-publish with libraries, check out Writers Groups & Resources.
Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month with a Poetry Café. Come read your favorite poem, share an original work or just come and listen!
Plus, we are launching the release of our 2022 poetry booklet! Be sure to stop in and get your copy.
Download Past Annual Poetry & Art Journals
Download 2019's Indelible (PDF, 502 KB), a celebration of poetry by teens—or read it on Issuu.
Download 2020's Indelible (PDF, 15.6 MB), a celebration of poetry and art by teens—or read it on Issuu.
Download 2021's Indelible (PDF, 10 MB), a celebration of poetry and art by adults and teens—or read it on Issuu.
Submit Your Poem
All poems will be published in our annual poetry booklet. Prizes will be awarded to the top poems in each age category.
The entry form will open at 12 AM on March 13 and close at 11:59 PM on April 14.