Press Release

Miami-Dade Public Library Celebrates National Poetry Month With Contest For Teens

(MIAMI, MARCH 20, 2014) – Young adults, 12‑19, are invited to enter the Miami‑Dade Public Library’s 4th annual Teen Poetry Contest, in celebration of National Poetry Month.

The contest runs from April 1‑30, and the theme is Technology. Poems may reflect how teens use technology, the way it’s affected their lives or its impact on society.

Poems should be 20 lines or less and will be judged on originality, artistic quality, and emotional impact. Submissions must be the writer's own work and should not have been previously published.

First, second and third place winners will receive Best Buy gift certificates valued at $100, $50 and $25.The top three poems will also be entered in a national contest held by VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates).

Contest entry forms are available at any branch or downloadable online. Poems may also be submitted, at the library’s Facebook page.

Contest prizes were made possible by the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

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Media Contact:
Jessica Melgarejo Cespedes
305-375-3327
melgarejoj@mdpls.org

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami‑Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share, and create. The Library strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomics, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, art and culture and programs so that they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 48 locations, bookmobiles, special services, website (www.mdpls.org) and MDPLS iLibrary app, the library proudly serves more than 7 million annual visitors. In the more than 40 years of serving the community, the MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.