Monday, January 11, 2010

Is there a poem in you waiting to come out?

Or maybe you have already written one or many poems. If, so it might be fun to submit it to the library's poetry contest.

The 2nd Annual New Haven Free Public Library Poetry Contest is accepting entries and there are prizes waiting to be won!

City residents are invited to submit poetry inspired by the theme “New Haven + puzzle,” which may be explored as a personal, civic or geographic subject, organizers said in a statement.

Contest guidelines are:

  • One poem per person

  • New Haven residents only

  • Poems must be submitted in 12 point type, double spaced, on one side of 8 ½ x ll page max

  • Entry must include separate page with poet’s name, address, age category of child, teen (ages 13-17) and adult, phone number and/or email
    Submission deadline is March 15

Submissions can be dropped off at any New Haven Free Public Library branch or e-mailed to

the 2010 NHFPL Poetry Contest judges include librarians Bill Armstrong and Sunnie Sette; New Haven Cultural Affairs Director Barbara Lamb; poet Claire Zoghb; cultural historian Frank Mitchell; Shola Cole, Greater New Haven Arts Council; Alderwoman Rachel Shapiro, and Jean Webb, International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

Judges will select one winning poem in each age category.

Finalists and winners will be invited to read the poem at a reception sponsored by Starbucks at 2 p.m. April 17, at the Main Library, 133 Elm St.

The Patrons of The New Haven Free Public Library will present a cash prize of $100 to each winner and selected poems will be published in The New Haven Register and displayed at the Main Library.

For more information, please call the library at 203-946-8835 or visit

In the photo: Librarians Sunnie Sette and Bill Armstrong

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