Call for Poems (Adults)

Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 10:00am to Sunday, April 30, 2023 - 10:00pm

Calling all poets ages 18 and older! We're celebrating National Poetry Month in April with our second annual call for poetry! All adults are welcome to submit 1-2 original poems to be included in a compilation featured on the Library's website. Develop your skill, share your talent, and inspire others in the community with your work! All submissions are due April 30 and will be featured on the LOPL website in May.
Eligibility and content guidelines:
Anyone aged 18 or older is welcome to participate—poets do not need to be Lake Oswego residents or LINCC library card holders. Poems can be written on any theme and in any form, and all levels are welcome. Please limit submissions to 1-2 original and unpublished poems, with each poem not exceeding 80 lines.
Submission guidelines:
All poems must be received by April 30. Poems can be submitted in one of three ways:

  • Email your poem(s) as a Word attachment to with the subject heading: Poetry submission
  • Mail your poem(s) to the Library at Attn: Rachael Hyde, Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
  • Turn in a physical copy of your poem(s) to staff at any Library service desk between April 1-30

Please include your name only if you would like it posted with your poem. Anonymous submissions are also welcome. The Library reserves the right not to post any poems deemed to be unsuitable for a general audience.

Questions? Please email Rachael Hyde at