In celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, the Massillon Public Library invites all local bards to submit their original poems to be entered into our eleventh annual poetry contest. Winners will be chosen in three categories: grades 3-8, grades 9-12, and adult.  A $75 gift card to Books-a-Million will be awarded to the winner of each category, courtesy of the Junior Friends of Massillon Public Library.

Non-published poets are invited to submit up to three original poems. Poems must be family-friendly and will be judged by local published poet and full-time faculty member at Stark State College of Technology, Duane Matthew Dodson. Winners will be awarded their prizes and given the opportunity to read their poems at the Poetry Read-In on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.  Additionally, in conjunction with the Massillon Museum and The Big Read, the winners and also any writers who submit original poems on the subjects of literature, the featured book True Grit by Charles Portis or books in general will be considered to read their works on April 19 at “One-Act Plays” at Washington High School.

Deadline for entries is March 31st. Entry forms are available at the Reference Desk of the Massillon Public Library, Main Children’s Department, the Bookmobile, Barry Askren Memorial Branch Library and Pam S. Belloni Branch Library. Entry forms may also be downloaded from the Massillon Public Library website:

Poets, join us for this celebration and become part of Massillon’s literary history!  This program is free and open to all.  The Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way East. The Second Street entrance is handicapped accessible. For more information contact Laura Klein at, call 330-832-9831 x 319 or log onto our website Massillon Public Library…Proud to be an independent library system since 1899, working with other libraries to fulfill your needs. Visit our locations in Massillon, Brewster, Navarre, and our bookmobile!