Fiction Department Collection and State Library Resources

Poetry Contest

Free Poetry Contest 2020 - LPR cover, Pratt window, poet

Maryland poets, this FREE contest is for YOU!

The winning poem will be published in Little Patuxent Review, enlarged for display in a Central Library show window, and celebrated at a public reading at the Library.

Contest Rules

  • Entrants must be Maryland residents, 18 or older.
  • Paid or volunteer staff of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Little Patuxent Review and their immediate families are not eligible, nor are previous Pratt Library Poetry Contest first-place winners.
  • Please send only one original poem, on any theme and in any form, for consideration.
  • Your entry must be unpublished, either in print or on the Web, including personal blogs, Facebook, or Twitter. It cannot be currently under review for possible publication.
  • Your entry must not exceed 100 lines.
  • Submit your typed entry as a Microsoft Word attachment by e-mail to
    or by mail to:
    Poetry Contest, Fiction Department, Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore MD 21201-4484
  • Entries received after March 1, 2020will be disqualified.
  • Please submit your name, address, phone number, and a brief biography on a separate page. Please do not put your name, address, phone number, or biography on the entry itself. Our judges will see only the poem.
  • Confirmation of receipt and comments on your entry will not be provided, nor will your entry be returned to you.

The winner will be announced on this page in mid-April.

Interested in past winners? Check out the poems that won in previous years. (PDF)

Print and share a Poetry Contest flyer (PDF)