Teen Poetry Contest: Judges and Prizes

March 5, 2012

Still working on your poems? If you haven’t finished polishing your entry for the Teen Poetry Contest, don’t worry! There’s still time! You can still review the guidelines and submit your entries here.

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

If you have finished, then you may be interested to know that your poem will soon be judged by a real-life YA author. That’s right, Melissa Walker will be one of the judges tasked with reading all the submissions and choosing a winner. If you’ve submitted your poem already, why not pick up one of Melissa’s books to read while you wait? You can place a hold on them through our online catalog. You can also learn more about Melissa at her website, or follow her on Twitter!

Haven’t even started your poem? Maybe you just need a little motivation. How about some fabulous prizes? The winner of our Teen Poetry Contest will receive a $50 gift card from Empire Eats Restaurants. Love great pasta? Authentic Lebanese? Smokey BBQ? Steaming coffee? Five great restaurants means five great choices!

So get writing! Find your inspiration (and find it quick) because you’ve only got until March 15 to enter. Good luck!

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Enter our Teen Poetry Contest!

February 1, 2012

Our 7th annual Teen Poetry Contest is officially open for submissions!

Love to write? Love the library? Feeling inspired?

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Teen Summer Fun!

June 1, 2009

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Want to win prizes for doing fun things on your summer vacation?

Here’s what you have to do:

Starting June 1*, go to your local library and pick up a Teen Summer Contest kit and register. Then, start earning tickets that will go into drawings for prizes. The more tickets you earn, the better your chances are of winning something!

What's in the summer contest kit?

  1. Instructions
  2. A calendar to keep track of how much time you spend reading
  3. A booklist to get you started
  4. A fun origami game
  5. Candy!


How do you earn these tickets, you ask?
There are a number of different ways to earn tickets:

  1. Read! Every 2 hours you read = 1 ticket. And don’t limit your reading to books; try magazines, newspapers, blogs, fan fiction, whatever.
  2. Go! Have fun at a library event. See what your library has planned for you this summer. 1 event = 1 ticket
  3. Write! Compose book reviews or blog posts for the library’s teen blog, Flip the Switch: Teens Awake. Take a look at the blog and see what kinds of posts others have written. Send your reviews and blog posts to teenlibrarian@co.wake.nc.us. Don’t forget to include your name, age, and which library branch you go to most often. 1 entry = 1 ticket
  4. Talk! Ask your local librarian for more ways to earn tickets at your local library!


What kinds of prizes?
Of course you want to know what you’re competing for, right? Prizes include:

  1. Books! Some are autographed by the author!
  2. Coupons to local eateries such as Chick-Fil-A and Goodberry’s
  3. Art supplies from Jerry’s Artarama
  4. Flash drives
  5. Tickets to see the Carolina Rollergirls
  6. Games, keychains, bookmarks, buttons and random trinkets
  7. Check with your library branch for other prizes they may have for the prize pack

contest guidelines

  1. The contest is open to Wake County teens ages 12-18. If you are under 12, check out our kids’ summer reading program.
  2. Register for the contest at your local library branch.
  3. Once you’re ready, get tickets at the library.  Fill it out there and give it to a staff member.
  4. There is no limit on the number of tickets you can earn.
  5. Each library may be doing their prize drawings at different times of the summer. Check with your local library to see when they will be doing theirs.

*Most library branches are starting their contest on June 1, but call your branch for exact contest dates.

Head on down to your local library and pick up a starter kit for our Teen Summer Contest!  If you have any questions, either call your local library or e-mail teenlibrarian@co.wake.nc.us.


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