Penfield Public Library is accepting submissions for the 33rd Annual Teen Poetry Contest through April 30. The contest is open to 6th-12th graders who live in or attend school in Monroe County. The rules are very simple: each contestant may submit one poem and it must, of course, be your own original work. If you want to enter, simply email a copy of your poem as a Word attachment to: Don’t put your name on the same page as the poem. Instead attach a separate cover page with the following information: name, grade, school, home address, and phone number.  And please type “Poetry Contest” in the subject line of the email.

There are three divisions which will be judged: 6th grade, 7th & 8th grade, and 9th -12th grade. First place in each division wins $50! Second place in each division wins $35 and third place in each division wins $25. The Friends of Penfield Public Library donate the prize money. Winners will be announced in mid- May.

Speaking of poetry, here are some poetry books of interest to teenagers which are available through the library system:

Book jacketTime You Let Me in: 25 Poets Under 25 selected by Naomi Shihab Nye

Book jacketFalling Hard: 100 Love Poems for Teenagers edited by Betsy Franco

The Softer Side of Hip Hop by Laura Haskins-Bookser: Book CoverThe Softer Side of Hip-Hop: Poetic Reflections on Love, Family, and Relationships by Laura Haskins-Bookser

Book jacketI Just Hope It’s Lethal: Poems of Sadness, Madness & Joy collected by Liz Rosenberg & Deena November

Honeybee by Naomi Shihab Nye: Book Cover Honeybee: Poems and Short Prose by Naomi Shihab Nye

Book jacketThe Spoken Word Revolution (Slam, Hip Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation) edited by Mark Eleveld