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Library Sponsors April Poetry Contest

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Anderson County Library System is inviting professional and amateur writers from age 12 up the opportunity to submit their poetry to the Library’s annual poetry contest. Poetry can be on any theme but must be suitable for an audience of all ages. 

Up to 100 entries will be selected to be published in a book that will be available online, at all branches, and for sale in June. Poems will be judged on originality, creativity, and artistic quality by Dr. Bob Hanley, Professor of English and Education at Anderson University.

Poets may submit through the website at or complete a form available at all library branches. Submissions are due by April 30. One submission per person is allowed.

“We love poetry month, especially when we have the opportunity to celebrate with the community is this creative way,” commented Faith Line, Director of the Library. “It showcases the talent in our part of the state and is part of what the library is all about.”

One adult and one teen will be selected for the grand prize, a $50.00 gift certificate to McDowell’s Book Emporium and a printed copy of the book. Winners will be announced at the Book Release Reception on  June 19 at 7 p.m. Poets and their families and friends are invited to the Main Library to celebrate. Light refreshments will be provided and books will be available for purchase.

The Anderson County Library System serves more than 190,000 county residents of all ages and includes the main library in the city of Anderson, eight branches located throughout the county, and a bookmobile. The System’s staff and board are committed to freedom of access for all, offering a forum for ideas. For more information, visit

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