Teen Epic Poetry Contest


Celebrate our Big Read Grant by creating your own epic poetry!
Wednesday, March 1 – Saturday, April 15
Hours Earned: 2 hours per submission, up to 3 submissions allowed. 
Imagine your own epic story and put a single page of it into verse. Pick up full instructions at the Teen Loft Desk. Poems will be displayed in the Teen Loft. First, Second, and Third place winners will be chosen by library staff and gift cards to a local business will be awarded. Winners will also be featured on a special page of our Big Read Grant Zine. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


  • Contest runs March 1 – April 15. Work turned in after April 15th will not be counted for
    service hours or in the contest.
  • Entrants must be Teens in grades 6-12.
  • Any type of poetry may be submitted. (Free verse, prose, rhyme, haiku, lyric, etc.)
  • You must send original work only.
  • You can submit up to 3 poems. Each poem will earn you 2 service hours each. (Hours given at discretion of staff.)
  • Short poems are encouraged. Poems should be no longer than 1 page long. (8.5″ by 11″ Computer Sheet)
  • Poems should be appropriate for display in a public space and an audience of all ages. (Please keep them PG. If you wouldn’t turn them in to your teacher at school, please don’t turn them in to us.)
  • Poems will be hung up in the Teen Loft for the public to view. For safety, Teen’s initials will be visible on their work, not their full names.
  • All poems must be typed and sent in a printable way to efaxel@orlandparklibrary.org.
  • Your name, grade and phone number MUST be in the email. If this information is missing, your work will not count. (Adding it to the subject line does not count. It must be in the actual email.)
  • After you receive a confirmation email from us, you can bring in your service hour sheet for a signature. Do not bring in a physical copy of your work. Do not bring us your service hour sheet before your work is confirmed. Confirmation can take a few days to get to you depending on staff schedules. If you are worried about if we received your work, feel free to email us a second time.

By submitting your poetry, all participants agree to public display and possible library publication of their work. First, Second and Third place winners will be chosen by staff. Winners will be contacted by phone and will be awarded a gift card to a local business. Winners will also be featured on a special page of our Big Read Zine. (Participants can only be awarded 1 prize.) Winners will be contacted near the end of April.