2021 Poetry Contest

The Hays Public Library 21st Annual Poetry Contest is going virtual! Rather than holding one night of in-person submissions, HPL will be accepting online submissions of original works of poetry from Monday, March 29 through Monday, April 12 at 11:59 pm.

Participants (age 16 and older) may enter one original piece of poetry by filling out the form below during that time frame. Judges, including Department Chair of History at Fort Hays, David Goodlett, FHSU advisor/local author, Dawne Leiker, and HPL Patron Experience Coordinator, Nicole Thibodeau will deliberate and choose a first-place and second-place winner, which will be announced via the HPL Facebook page on Friday, April 16th. The first-place winner will receive $75 in Chamber Cheques and their name engraved on the Poetry Contest plaque, and second place will receive $50 in Chamber Cheques.

HPL values the art of the written word and celebrates bringing together the many voices of the Hays community. After the contest, all submitted works of poetry will be published in a literary journal titled Mirrors to showcase the incredible creativity and hard work of those who entered. Both physical and digital copies will be available.

For questions or comments, please contact Patron Experience Coordinator, Nicole Thibodeau at nthibodeau@hayslibrary.org.

    Upload your submission. Accepted file types are: pdf, doc, docx, and txt.

    Click Here to access a copy of “Mirrors”, the compilation of the Hays Public Library 2020 poetry contest.