3rd annual Rhyme On! contest

The 2016 contest is now open!

We're celebrating National Poetry Month this April with our third annual contest! You can submit your poem for the 2016 contest from March 1 to April 15.
Make sure you read the submission requirements before you get to work.

Need inspiration? Check out our list of poetry apps, or visit websites for poets. You can also enjoy the work of the 2015 Rhyme On! winners here.

Need answers to your questions? Check out our FAQs below:

What’s the prize?
First prize: $200 Second prize: $100Third prize: $50
Thanks to the Loudoun Library Foundation!
The top three and the honorable mentions will also receive the top poems in a book printed by the Symington Press. See last year's book here.

What should I write about? Is there a theme?
No theme -- get creative! Poems can be inspired by real life, fantasies, nature, adventures, or even horror.

Does it have to rhyme? No.

Why do you have a word limit?
We receive a lot of submissions.
We want to make sure everyone gets a fair chance.
We don’t want external factors such as font size to influence our judgment.
We want to make sure there's enough time for us to read all submissions. 

Wait. You have word limits? Yes. See our contest rules.

Do I have to be a Loudoun County resident, or hold a Loudoun County Library card, to participate?
No. As long as you’re over 18, and follow our submission guidelines, you’re welcome to participate.

Can I submit works that have been previously published?
Nope. Your work must be previously unpublished and not scheduled for publication anywhere before May 1, 2016.  Due to copyright restrictions, we can accept only works that have never been published. 

Who judges the submissions?
A panel of three published poets.