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Teen Poetry Contest at the Arkansas Literary Festival

Teen poets and creative artists are invited to submit their entries for the Arkansas Literary Festival Teen Poetry Contest.


Submit anytime before Monday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m.

All teens ages 12-19 are eligible to enter.

Pick up an entry form at Level IV of Main Library or at any of your local library branches!

A permission slip signed by parents/guardians is part of the form and must be submitted with entries.

Three categories for entries:


This category includes all forms of traditional poetry written with the intention of being read from a page. Although the poems will be read aloud, they are not specifically intended to be an oral performance. e.g. free verse, haiku, rhymed and metered forms, sonnets, villanelles, etc.


This category includes all forms of poetry that are specifically designed to be spoken and performed from memory, e.g. Slam Poetry, poetic monologues


This category includes works of art that incorporate words, e.g. blackout poetry, mixed media including text, painted words with images on canvas, etc. These works do not have to be “performed” aloud.

Poems can be original or credited. Entrants may enter more than one work and may enter one work in multiple categories if the work is truly suitable to more than one category (at the discretion of CALS staff).

How to submit your entries:

By email: teenpoetrycontest@cals.org (remember that a permission slip will also need to be submitted, signed by a parent/guardian)

In person: Main Library, 4th floor, circulation desk, or attend a teen poetry event at a branch library to submit, or submit your poem and form to a branch library circulation desk

By US mail: Katherine O’Bryan, c/o Level 4, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

All entries must be received at one of our branches by Monday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m.

First prize in each category will receive $50*

Second prize in each category will recieve $25*

Honorable mention pieces will receive a gift card*

*To win, entrants must perform their pieces, or present the pieces to the judges in the case of visual/concrete entries.

However, if an entrant does not wish to perform, they may still enter work to be included in the 2019 Arkansas Literary Festival Zine to be released at the event.


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April 15
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until April 15, 2019