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All Entries Are Due By Saturday, April 20th at 1:30 PM

Rules & Guidelines​

This contest is open to ages five and over who live in Ellis County, Texas.


Poems must be original and previously unpublished works.


One entry per poet.


Inappropriate content and/or language will disqualify the poem from the contest.

By submitting your poem, you grant permission to publish your work on the Sims Library website, Social Media Sites, and Newsletter.


Please turn in submissions to the front desk or email them to:  

  • The poem must be no longer than two pages typed.

  • Number each page of your poem.

  • Please title your poem.


  • If emailing your submission, the email's subject line should read "Irene Emerson Poetry Contest."

  • You must include the title of the poem, the poet's name, age, and contact information in the BODY of the email.

  • We will only accept .doc, .docx, and .pdf formats. **

**Paper entry forms are available at the circulation desk.


Poems must be submitted by 1:30 PM on April 20, 2024.



1st - $150 Amazon GC

2nd - $100 Amazon GC

3rd - $50 Amazon GC



1st - $150 Amazon GC

2nd - $100 Amazon GC

3rd - $50 Amazon GC


Kids Overall*

1st - $50 GC

2nd - $25 GC

3rd - $25 GC

*Kid's poems will first be judged separately in the following age categories: 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. Trophies or medals will be awarded to the winner in each age group.

All kids’ poems will then be judged together to award an OVERALL 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place. 

Winners Will Be Announced 
May 4th

For questions, please email or contact us using the "Contact Us" link below.

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