Library Closed through April 30

Due to the extended Governor’s stay-at-home order, all Palatine Public Library District facilities will remain closed through April 30. Please do not return your Library materials until the Library reopens. There will not be any late penalties. Watch the website and social media for updates.

11th Annual Poetry Contest

April 1 - April 15

Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing your own poetry!

How to Enter

Online
Submit Online 

Guidelines

Contest open to Palatine Library District residents and nonresidents (from Northwest Suburban Illinois only). All ages welcome.

  • Youth : preschool through grade 3
  • Tweens: grades 4-6
  • Teens: grades 7-12
  • Adults: ages 18+

One poem (40 lines max) per person.

Entries must be typed and previously unpublished. Work is judged “blind;” omit personal info (i.e. your name) from your entry.

There is no entry fee.

Awards & Prizes

Palatine Library residents compete for the Nancy J. Heggem Poetry Awards, a former library board member/local poet.

  • Each Nancy Heggem Poetry Award Winner receives: a certificate; a cash prize of $25, donated by Nancy Heggem; and publication of their poem on the Library's website.
  • Each Honorable Mention receives a certificate.

Nonresidents compete for the Write On Awards, selected by poet Kate Hutchinson. Write On Awards are provided by the Palatine Library.

  • Each Write On Poetry Award Winner receives: a certificate; a $25 gift card; and publication of their poem on the Library's website.
  • Each Honorable Mention receives a certificate.

Based upon the number of entries received, contest judges will select up to 4 Winners and 4 Honorable Mentions in both the Resident and Nonresident categories.

All Winners and Honorable Mentions will be notified by email by April 30.

Current Library staff, board members, and trustees are not eligible for prizes.