Celebration of Poetry

Because words can change the world…

Celebration of Poetry Contest

Celebrate the creative minds of York and Adams County’s youth at this annual event! The Celebration of Poetry Contest showcases the poetry created by students in Grades 1-12.

Students submit their works for judging prior to the night of the event, and winners will be announced at the event. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in the following categories: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12. A compilation of winning poems will be added to the collection at York County Libraries. Winning submissions will be added to this page shortly after the celebration in April.

All are welcome to attend the Celebration of Poetry! Check our Events Calendar for more information about this year’s Celebration of Poetry Contest!

Guidelines for Submission

  • Entrants may submit one original poem
  • Poems must be the work of an individual, and not a group or collaboration
  • Poems should be typed or neatly printed
  • Poems will become the property of York County Libraries and will not be returned
  • Please keep a copy of your poem for yourself

2019 important dates

  • Final submissions due January 11, 2019
  • Celebration on Wednesday, April 3, 5:00 PM

For additional information email: [email protected]

How to submit your work:

Drop off/Mailed:

  • Fill out the entry form in the library.
  • Drop off or Mail to: Martin Library Children’s Library: 159 E. Market Street, York, PA 17401

Online Submission:

  • Fill out the form below
  • Attach your entry and hit Submit!

Sorry this form is no longer available. Thank you to this year's participants. Check back in December 2019 to compete in next year's Celebration of Poetry!