Cornwall Public Library

2024 Annual Timothy Mumford Memorial Poetry Competition-Deadline Extended to April 10

2024 Annual Timothy Mumford Memorial Poetry Competition-Deadline Extended to April 10

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.

Deadline for entries: Wednesday, April 10th at 8 PM.

Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 28 at 1:30 PM — ALL ARE INVITED!


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

4. For hard copies submitted, the front of the page is just for the poem; the back of each page (or on a separate page if sending a digital copy) must have the following information:

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

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 ensure anonymity and 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 Thursday, April 4. Late entries are not eligible and will not be held over to the following year.

10. We will not accept poems written by ChatGPT and other AI program.

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.

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