Half Moon Bay Teen Poetry Contest 2017

March 9 - April 16, 2017

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Half Moon Bay Library is holding a poetry contest for teens within the Coastside area.

Show us your creative side. Let your imagination soar! Create an original poem in any poetry style.

Contest Rules:

  • Open to people age 12-19 who live within the Coastside area served by Half Moon Bay Library.
  • Entry must be original work – all forms of poetry will be accepted.
  • One entry per person. Individually authored poems only. No group efforts, please.
  • Maximum length: two typed pages. Please submit poem on 8.5” x 11” paper or online.
  • All poems must be typed. Untyped entries will not be judged.
  • Poem may be English, Spanish, or bilingual (both original and translation must be by the same teen poet).
  • Entry form must be attached to poem; original poem will not be returned.
  • Entries must be received between  at Half Moon Bay Library.
  • Winners will be notified by email, text, or phone.
  • By submitting a poem to this contest, the author gives the Half Moon Bay Library permission to include the poem in its digital or print Poetry Contest collection.
  • The Teen Poetry Reading Celebration will be held on May 5, 2017 at 7:00PM at the Half Moon Bay Library.

Prize Info:

  • 1st place: $75
  • 2nd place: $50
  • Honorable Mention: $25
  • Librarian's Choice: $25

Last day to submit is Sunday, April 16, 2017 by 5:00pm.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact librarian Karen Choy at (650) 726-2316 ext. 223 or email.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Half Moon Bay Library.