Submit one original poem to any Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) location, WriterHouse*, or via our online entry form for a chance to win prizes and glory. 

  • Contest open from Sept. 24 – Oct. 25, 2022 for poets age 18 and above.
  • One 30-line or less poem may be submitted by each contestant.
  • Prizes: $200 Visa gift card for the winner and $100 Visa gift card for the runner-up. 
  • UVA English and Creative Writing Professor Lisa Russ Spaar will judge finalists (a panel of judges will review the entries).
  • See full poetry contest guideline and form here.
  • Winners will be contacted directly and a public announcement will be posted on the JMRL blog at

NOTE: For entries mailed to WriterHouse, please mail to P.O. Box 222, not to 508 Dale Avenue.