Young Poets of Delaware County Poetry Contest

34th Annual Young Poets of Delaware County
2023 Poetry Contest


Now seeking submissions!

All children in grades 1-12 who live or attend school in Delaware County may submit one original poem. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each grade level will be chosen. Winning poems will be published in our annual poetry anthology and winning poets and their families are invited to an awards ceremony and reading in May. 

Find complete guidelines here. (PDF)

Poems can be submitted to any local library or submit your poem online here. (Please note: this requires a Google account. If this is an issue please email Online submissions must follow all guidelines including having student’s name, phone number, address, parent e-mail (no school e-mails), grade and school on the TOP RIGHT (FRONT) of the poem. If the information is not listed, the entry will be disqualified.

Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2023.

​This program is sponsored by the Mad Poets Society, Delaware County Libraries, Keystone State Literacy Association: Delaware County, Rose Tree Media Optimist Club, Pennsylvania Poetry Society and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Click here for a list of the judges. (PDF)

Past Contest Winners:
2022 (PDF)
2021 (PDF)
2020 (PDF)
2019 (PDF)


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