The Woonsocket Harris Public Library is proud to present our annual poetry contest. April is National Poetry Month and every year the library holds a contest to celebrate the best of local poets. Poets can enter their poems anytime in April from the 1st to the 30th. Poems can be submitted in person at the library, or by mail at Poetry Contest, Woonsocket Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton Street, 02895, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No more than two submissions per person. All entries from poets grades six and up must be typed. Children can take a picture of their poem and email it to us. We will also be accepting video submissions of the poet performing their poem. Please include your name, address, phone number and age category on each entry. The age groups are adult, grades 9-12, grades 6-8, grades 3-5, and K-2. Students should include name, address, phone number, school and teacher’s name.

 

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