Poetry Month Contest

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Check out this year's winning poems ~ 

Check out the submissions for this year's contest and this year's winning poems

Watsonville Public Library Poetry Contest 2022

Calling all local Watsonville poets ~ Our 2022 Poetry Contest is now open for submissions!

We encourage patrons of all age groups to participate in our poetry contest and share their original work.

We are holding a poetry contest to celebrate this year's National Poetry Month in April.

Deadline for Submission:  Tuesday, May 31st by 11:59pm. 

This contest is for children, young adults, and adults. There are five divisions for the contest: 

• Elementary Students (Grades K-2)
• Elementary Students (Grades 3-5)
• Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)
• High School Students (Grades 9-12)
• Adults 

Voting will take place online via a Google form (tentatively set for June 2022), and entries can be accessed via Watsonville Public Library’s social media platforms and website.

Winning entries will receive a Kindle reading device!

How to Enter

Enter by submitting one copy of your original poem and your contact information (Name, email, phone, street address - We will need your contact information in order to reach out to you at a later date!) to the library by:

• Upload in DOC or PDF format with the Poetry Contest Submission Form
• Emailing them in DOC or PDF format to librarian Chris Brant -  chris.brant AT cityofwatsonville.org
• In person during library open hours


• One poem/entry per person.
• Include your contact information with your poem, so we can contact you later if you win. 


• We will be selecting one winner from each of the four age divisions.
• Winners will be notified via email or phone. 

We look forward to reading your poetry! 

For questions, please contact Chris Brant via email (above) or 831-768-3407.

Poetry Writing Resources & Inspiration

Poetry4Kids.com - Children's author Kenn Nesbitt's "poetry playground" is home to poetry lessons and activities, poems to draw inspiration from, and features a rhyming dictionary!

Writing with Writers - Poetry Writing - Scholastic offers step-by-step workshops created by notable authors Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzollo.  These free activity guides aim to provide inspiration and guide writers in their poetry writing experiences.

Poetry Foundation - The Poetry Foundation offers several poetry resources for writers of all ages including educational resources for children, teens, and adults. The website also includes poems and instructional videos that are sure to inspire writers.