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Maryland poets, this free contest is for you! The winning poem will be published in Little Patuxent Review and celebrated at a public reading hosted by the Pratt Library and Little Patuxent Review. It may also be displayed in one of the Central Library's monumental windows or turned into a collectible broadside. The winner will be announced on this page in mid-April.

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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  • Your entry must be unpublished, either in print or online, including personal blogs, Facebook, or Twitter.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 email to contest@prattlibrary.org or by mail to:
    Poetry Contest, Humanities Department
    Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral St.
    Baltimore, MD 21201-4484
  • All entries must be received by March 1, 2021.
  • 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.

Learn More

Questions? Email contest@prattlibrary.org or call (410) 396-5430.

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

Help us spread the word! Print and share a Poetry Contest flyer (PDF).

Check out our upcoming poetry events for adults:
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