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Teen Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest

Do you have a way with words?
Milwaukee youth ages 10-18 are encouraged to
submit an original poem to this year’s
Poetry Contest. 

  • Submit up to two poems online between April 1-30, 2018.
    Upload a copy of your poem(s), or copy and paste
    your poem(s) in the form below.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top three poems in three age categories: 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. 
  • Winners will be announced at the Teen Poetry Coffee House on Saturday, May 12 at the Mitchell Street Branch
  • Poems may be published in a print chapbook commemorating the event, as well as on the MPL web page and Facebook pages!


  • 1st place - $50 gift card
  • 2nd place - $25 gift card
  • 3rd place - $15 gift card

Print/share a copy of the Teen Poetry Contest flyer!

Contest Rules: Must be between 10-18 years to participate. Participants must be Milwaukee County residents to be eligible. Individuals can only win one prize in this contest. Entries must be submitted online only. All submissions must be original works written by the young adult submitting the entry. Each individual may submit up to two entries total. Entries may be edited for publication purposes.


MPL Teens: Poetry

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