2018 Poetry Contest


Cambridge Public Library Poetry Contest

The Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge Tree Project present our 20th Annual Poetry Contest for K-8 students who live or attend school in Cambridge.

Submit your original poems by Monday, April 30.

Poems will be judged for interesting content and creativity as well as consistent and imaginative style. There will be an extra prize for winning poems about trees. Winners will be notified in early May, and prizes will be awarded at a ceremony and reading on Wednesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. Poems in languages other than English are welcome but must include English translations (which do not need to be poetic). Winning poems may be published online.

Include your name, grade, school, phone number, and email address with each entry. If you are a teacher submitting entries from your class, also include your name and email address on each entry—we will contact you if your class has a winner.

Mail entries to:
Poetry Contest
Cambridge Public Library
Central Square Branch
45 Pearl Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Email entries to:

This program is supported by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.  For more information, call 617-349-4012 or email Amanda Gazin, agazin@cambridgema.gov.

Link to Poetry Contest Flier