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Poetry Contest - Central Indiana: Home

The Ivy Tech Libraries of Central Indiana are sponsor the annual poetry contest each February - April.

Congratulations to the 2021 Poetry Contest winners!

1st place: Boys will be Blossoms by Sydney Heitmann
2nd place: Picture(d) Perfect by Drew Goldsmith-Walker
3rd place: This is Not a Poem by Emma Birkbeck

Join us as we celebrate the work of our 2020 and 2021 Poetry Contest winners! The celebration is on April 22, 2021 at 2-3 p.m. Register at


  • 1st prize: A free 3-credit hour class at Ivy Tech
  • 2nd prize: $50 scholarship 
  • 3rd prize: $25 scholarship

All winning entries will be published in a future edition of New Voices: Ivy Tech's Student Literary Journal.

For more details, please see the Rules section of this guide.

2021 Poetry Contest


The annual poetry contest is open to students currently enrolled at the Indianapolis-North Meridian and Lawrence campuses.  

Poems will be accepted until Sunday, February 28th, 2021

Participants are allowed to submit up to three (3) poems for judging.  Any style of poetry is welcome. All poems must include the poetry contest cover sheet found at the library or on this page, and be typed in a Word document. Entries may be submitted electronically or in-person at the NMC or Lawrence libraries.

The typed poems should NOT contain any identifying information (name, e-mail, phone number, etc.)  

To submit the poems electronically, send to as an attachment. The e-mail should contain:
Your name
Your Ivy Tech email address
Your phone number
Your C#
Attached cover sheet, filled in with your information (available below)
Attached poems as separate Word documents

To submit the poems in person, print each poem and bring it to the NMC or Lawrence library. Each poem should not contain any identifying information.  Instead, staple the accompanying cover page with identifying information to each poem.  Please use at least a 12 point font.

*Ivy Tech reserves the right to reject submissions with inappropriate content based on the Student Code of Conduct.



Entry Examples

If you're not sure about your submissions, there are examples below.

For example, if you have three poems, there will be 4 attachments to your email: the filled out cover sheet, poem 1, poem 2, and poem 3.