Celebration of Poetry

Share your poetry with the community during our Celebration of Poetry!

We celebrate our newest poets right here in south central Pennsylvania!

Students in grades 1 - 12 are invited to submit one original poem by January 19, 2024 using our online form or in person drop off at any Adams County library. First through fourth place will be awarded in six grade categories, and all winning poems will be published in a book to be distributed to the school libraries of each of the winners and all York and Adams County Libraries. Additionally, each winner receives a copy of the poetry book and will be invited to read their poem aloud at the Celebration of Poetry this spring.

The judges read dozens of entries in six different age brackets:

  • Grades 1-2
  • Grades 3-4
  • Grades 5-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • Grades 9-10
  • Grades 11-12

Let your creativity soar! Previous poem entries have included themes of nature, people, trips, and the universe!


Guidelines for Submission

    • Entrants must be between Grades 1-12.
    • Entrants may submit one original poem in the style of their choice.
    • Poems must be the work of an individual and not a group or collaboration.
    • Poems should be typed or neatly printed.
    • Contact information should not be included directly on the poem – include it on your entry form or email **This is part of our fair judging process.
    • Any accompanying artwork must be original.
    • Poems will become the property of York County Libraries and will not be returned, so please keep a copy of your poem for yourself.
    • Poems may be submitted by dropping them off at any library location or by using the online entry form below.






Read the 2022 Winning Poems

Download a printable copy of the 2022 “A Celebration of Poetry” book here.

Congratulations to all of our 2022 winners, and a huge thank you to all who entered—please keep writing and sharing your work with the world. The world needs its poets and artists!