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Santa Clara County Library Encourages Teens to Participate in Poetry Contest

Middle School and High School Students Reminded to Submit up to Three Original Poems by April 30 Deadline

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Librarians throughout Santa Clara County are reminding teenagers to participate in the Santa Clara County Library Teen Poetry Contest 2010. The competition is one of many local and nationwide events held in April, during National Poetry Month.

“We invite all teenagers who have a passion for poetry to be part of this wonderful contest,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese, Chairperson for the Board of Supervisors Children, Seniors and Families Committee, and delegate of the County Library District Joint Powers Authority. “We hope hundreds of young writers take advantage of this opportunity to be artistic, creative and insightful.”

The deadline to submit poems to the Santa Clara County Library Teen Poetry Contest is Friday, April 30. Students can submit up to three original entries, per person, to any of the libraries managed by the Santa Clara County Library System in the cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Milpitas, Morgan Hill and Saratoga, and Los Altos (Los Altos Library and Woodland Library). Entries can also be sent electronically by visiting

A panel of judges at each library will select one poem from the middle school and one poem from the high school category. Winners will receive $25 and their poems will be submitted to VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Magazine to be entered into a national competition.

“Last year, Sarah Wool, from Milpitas, became the only student from California, and one of five teen poets selected from the whole country to have her poem appear in this prestigious national publication,” said Pat Lorenzo, Santa Clara County Library Adults and Teens Services Manager. “Like her, other students can unleash their creativity and benefit from this unique opportunity to put their thoughts on paper, and be rewarded for their talent.”

“Teenagers can use this contest as a creative outlet,” said Nichole King, Teen Services Librarian at the Morgan Hill Library, and coordinator of the contest. “Some poems are very emotional and it can help them express their feelings in a creative way.”
For more information about the Santa Clara County Library Teen Poetry Contest 2010, please visit your local library or online at

Rules for the Santa Clara County Library Teen Poetry Contest 2010

•     One winner from each library will be chosen in the Middle School Category (Grades 6-8)
•     One winner from each library will be chosen from the High School Category (Grades 9-12)
•     Up to three original poems that are no longer than 30 lines can be submitted
•     All poems must be printed neatly or typed. Entries should be legible
•     Submitted poems will not be returned
•     Last day to submit entries is Friday, April 30, 2010
•     Winners will receive a $25 cash prize
•     Winning poems from each library will be entered into a national contest held by VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) in December
•     By entering the contest, participants give permission to post or publish poems online or in the libraries
•     Poems may be submitted with a complete entry form (poems without the form will not be considered) at the library. 
     •     Winners will be contacted by phone or email by May 30, 2010.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119, Pat Lorenzo, Santa Clara County Library, (408) 293-2326 ext. 3010
Posted: April 23, 2010