Teen Poetry

This summer we are inviting teens across our five-county library district to get in touch with their inner voice and … let it out on paper!

Really. We want to hear what you have to say creatively. What we are asking for is submissions of your original poetry, but not just the standard stuff with rhyming words at the end of each sentence. Send us your song lyrics, free form, six-word memoirs and, yes, even your rhyming prose. 

Submit up to two writings between June 1 and Aug. 31 that will be published in book form at the end of summer. Those books will then be available for viewing at all 30 of our branch libraries.

To submit a poem now, click here.

It’s not a contest, so we won’t be judging anybody's writing. But everyone who submits something will have their name entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini 4 at the end of the summer.

“We want to share the collective voice of our teen patrons,” said NCRL’s teen services manager Luke Ellington. “We chose poetry as the way to do that because it’s a genre that is accessible to all. Everybody has the ability to be a poet. There are so many ways to create poetry.”

To help foster creativity, we are offering up some month-by-month suggested reading for teens this summer. We've got extra copies of these books in all of our library branches.


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