Wake libraries holding student poetry contest

Posted February 9, 2011 10:56 a.m. EST

— Wake County Public Libraries are inviting middle and high school students to enter the county’s annual Wake Student Poetry Contest. Students attending public, private, charter or home schools are eligible to participate.

Last year, more than 500 students, representing 60 schools, submitted original poems.

Entries will be accepted from Feb. 13 through March 13. To enter, students can submit one original poem to By submitting a poem, entrants agree that the poem is an original creation.

Entries should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and should include the following information:

  • Name
  • Grade
  • School
  • Student's phone number
  • Parent’s/guardian’s name
  • Parent’s/guardian’s phone number

Students can also mail entries, along with the above required information, to:

WCPL Student Poetry Contest
Attn: Sue A. Scott
1930 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, N.C. 27605

Entries will be judged by faculty members from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s creative writing program. Winning poems will be published in a pocket-sized booklet and posted on the libraries’ website. Winners will be invited to read their poems at the Cameron Village Regional Library during an awards ceremony on May 8.

For more information, visit the poetry contest website or contact the poetry contest administrator at