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:
Vinora Hamilton
305-375-3327
hamiltonv@mdpls.org

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System
A recipient of the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, The Miami‑Dade Public Library System strives to be a compelling community destination by providing a five‑star customer service experience. With 49 branches and two bookmobiles, the library aims to reach every resident of Miami‑Dade County who has a desire for informational, educational and recreational materials. The library provides access to more than 3.9 million books, movies, audiobooks, and more; 1647 public computers; 120 self‑checkout machines, and Wi‑Fi at every location. The library proudly serves more than seven million visitors that come through its doors annually, and another 4.4 million that access collections and services through its website www.mdpls.org.