8th Annual Poetry Contest


8th Annual Poetry Contest

Update: The submission deadline is extended to March 27. Submissions are now open to those living in Abbeville, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties for inclusion in the anthology book. Only Anderson county residents are eligible for prizes.


Poets in Anderson County, professional and amateur, are invited to submit an original poem for the Anderson County Library System’s Eighth Annual Poetry Contest. Submissions are open February 15 through March 19 for anyone ages 12 and up who lives, works, or own property in Anderson County.

The Library’s annual poetry contest is an opportunity to celebrate National Poetry Month held each April and highlight the creativity and artistic talent in the Anderson community. Poems entered into the contest will be published in an anthology, which is available to preorder and will be added to the Library’s collections. Past anthologies are available to check out from any of the Library’s nine branches.

Poems will be judged on originality, creativity, and artistic quality by Dr. Bob Hanley of Anderson University. One adult and one teen will be selected for a grand prize and a complimentary printed copy of the anthology. Winners of the Poetry Contest will be announced on Friday, April 30.

Express your creativity and submit your original poem online or pick up and submit your paper entry form to any Anderson County Library location.

The 7th Annual Poetry Contest winners were Tate Gee (teens category) for her poem “I Know I’m in the Water At Some Point” and Conny Palacios (adults category) for her poem “Anderson the City Where I Live.” Hear the winning poets read their poems. In the teens category, the first runner up was Owen O’Halloran’s “Living Things” and second runner up was Gabe Santistevan’s “When I Grow Old.” In the adults category, the first runner up was Marc Franks’s poem “Someday” and the second runner up was Tabitha Simmons’s poem “Daughter.”