Celebration of Poetry

Share your poetry with the community during our Celebration of Poetry 2022!

We celebrate our newest poets right here in south central Pennsylvania!

Each year, we ask students from across York and Adams Counties to submit their best poems for our annual Celebration of Poetry. The judges read dozens of entries in six different age brackets:

  • Grades 1-2
  • Grades 3-4
  • Grades 5-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • Grades 9-10
  • Grades 11-12

Let your creativity soar! Previous poem entries have included themes of nature, people, trips, and the universe!

Read the 2021 Winning Poems

Download a printable copy of the 2021 “A Celebration of Poetry” book here.

Watch the Celebration of Poetry winners read their poems:

Congratulations to all of our 2021 winners, and a huge thank you to all who entered—please keep writing and sharing your work with the world. The world needs its poets and artists! 

Ready for 2022? 

There will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winner in each age bracket. A compilation of winning poems will be added to the collection at York County Libraries. Winning submissions will be added to this page shortly after the celebration in April.

2022 important dates

  • Poems may be submitted starting November 15, 2021
  • Final submissions due Saturday, January 29, 2022
  • Celebration of Poetry will be held in April—more details to come!

New for 2022: Poetry Workshops!

YCL will be hosting a series of poetry workshops to help potential entrants gain knowledge and skills that will help ready them for the poetry contest. The three-part series features local poetry experts, including Carla Christopher, York’s Poet Laureate from 2011 – 2013, Carol Clark Williams, who also served as Poet Laureate for York, and author and poet Lexi Spino. See below for more information.

Grades 1-5

  • December 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Virtual Poetry Writing Workshop with Carla Christopher Grades 1-5
  • January 11, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Virtual Poetry Workshop with Carol Clark Williams-Grades 1-5
  • March 8, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Virtual Poetry and Performance Workshop with Lexi Spino, Grades 1-5 

Grades 6-12

  • December 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Virtual Poetry Writing Workshop with Carla Christopher Grades 6-12
  • January 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Virtual Poet Writing Workshop with Carol Clark Williams Grades 6-12
  • March 9, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Virtual Poetry and Performance Workshop with Lexi Spino, Grades 6-12 

Guidelines for Submission

    • Entrants must be between Grades 1-12
    • Entrants may submit one original poem in the style of their choice
    • Poems must be the work of an individual, and not a group or collaboration
    • Poems should be typed or neatly printed
    • Contact information should not be included directly on the poem – include it on your entry form or email **This is part of our fair judging process
    • Any accompanying artwork must be original
    • Poems will become the property of York County Libraries and will not be returned, so please keep a copy of your poem for yourself
    • Poems may be submitted by dropping them off at any library location, mailing them to Martin Library, 159 E. Market Street, York, PA 17401, or by using the online entry form below.


Sorry, this form is no longer available. Thank you to this year's participants. Check back in December 2022 to compete in next year's Celebration of Poetry!