Poetry Month Contest

decorative lines and splat shapes with text 2022 poetry contest for all ages

Congratulations to this Year's Winning Entries

Elementary Division (Grades 3-5)

Middle School Division (Grades 6-8) 
Elliott Roth-Bensusan Your Beauty

High School Division (Grades 9-12) 
Madeline Aliah Trans Maiden Manifesto

Adult Division
Claudia Ramirez Flores Below the Stars

Check out all of this year's poetry entries and winning poems

Watsonville Public Library Poetry Contest 2023

Calling all local Watsonville poets ~ Our 2023 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.

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

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

Deadline for Submission:  Sunday, May 14th at 11:59pm.  

Voting will take place online via an online form starting Friday, May 19th and run until Friday, June 2nd.
Entries can be accessed via Watsonville Public Library’s social media platforms and website.

Winning entries will receive a writing journal and writing utensils

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.