DEADLINE EXTENDED!! 2021 Annual Timothy Mumford Memorial Poetry Competition

DEADLINE EXTENDED!! 2021 Annual Timothy Mumford Memorial Poetry Competition

Calling All Poets Ages 5-18!

Enter up to two of your original poems.

Our judges will select a Top Poem in different age groups, and a Best Overall Poem from all entries.

New deadline for entries: Friday, April 2 at 5:30 PM

Awards Ceremony via Zoom on April 25 at 1:30 PM— ALL ARE INVITED!

Register here to receive the Zoom invitation.


1. Entrants must be 5-18 years old.

2. Authors may submit no more than two (2) poems, one poem per page. If more than two are submitted, the library will select two at random and as anonymously/fairly as possible to submit to the judges for consideration.

3. The front of the page is just for the poem, the following information must be on the back of each original poem or on a separate page if sending a digital copy:

  • Entrant’s full name
  • Age, Grade, School, or phrase “homeschooled”
  • Home Address, including zip code
  • Contact Telephone Number
  • E-mail Address

4. Hard copy entries must be typed. Handwritten entries will not be accepted.

5. Entries submitted in a foreign language must include an English translation. Poems in a foreign language without a translation will be disqualified.

6. Please do not include illustrations with your poem. Pictures are not considered and make it difficult to copy the poems for the judges while maintaining the anonymity of the poets to ensure fair judging.

7. Poems must be original work and may not be submitted without the poet’s knowledge and consent. They may not be copied from any source. Poems found to be copied or plagiarized will be disqualified, along with any additional work submitted by that poet.

8. Poems will be judged in the following age categories, according to the age of the poet at the time their poem is submitted: Ages 5-6 ~ Ages 7-9 ~ Ages 10-12 ~ Ages 13-15 ~ Ages 16-18  

9. Entries will be accepted through Friday, April 2, 2021, at 5:30 PM. Late entries are not eligible and will not be held over to the following year.

Entry Submission Information:

Email to:

Mail to: Cornwall Public Library

Attn: Poetry Competition

395 Hudson Street

Cornwall, NY 12518

Or drop off at the Library.

Sponsored by the Friends of Cornwall Library