The Heart of the Valley Poetry Contest

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Kimberly Public Library! The 2021 Heart of the Valley Poetry Contest opens for poetry submissions April 1st and closes on April 30th.

This year, we are asking for 200 word (max) poems around the theme of: The Heart of the Forest. In other words, we want your poems about enchanted forests, tree mythology, the trees of your childhood… write a poem that takes us to the heart of the forest. We want your weird, whimsical, and scary forest poems.

  • Entry levels for children, teens, and adults.
  • One submission per person.
  • One winner at every level.
  • Winning poets will be awarded a gift card to the Book Store on Northland Ave, a leather-bound journal, and their poem will be on display at the library and on the Loop the Lock Trail (coming 2022).
  • Poems will be judged by two former Wisconsin Poet Laureates (Marilyn L. Taylor and Kimberly Blaeser), one Poet Laureate Nominee (Tyler Dettloff), one National Endowment for the arts Poet and UW-Green Bay alumni (Lisa Fay Coutley), and one award winning poet from Green Bay (Tori Grant Welhouse).

Two ways to submit your poem:

Send poems to Tracy at: thaack@kimberlypubliclibrary.org

Please specify whether your poem is a child, teen, or adult entry.