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Poetry Contest: Instructions

Medical Campus Learning Resources Poetry Contest in recognition of National Library Week and National Poetry Month - April 2024

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Contest Information

Calling all Medical Campus & MDC students:

Learning Resources is hosting a poetry competition in honor of National Poetry Month and National Library Week!

This is a free contest; there is no fee to participate.

This contest is open to all Miami Dade College Students. 

  1. The theme of the competition is "Where I'm From," inspired by George Ella Lyon's poem. You may choose to use the provided template and samples.

  2. Poems should be 10-15 lines long.

  3. The poem must be an original work by the person entering the contest.  

  4. Poems are encouraged in any language. However, poems written in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation. Miami English is welcome.

  5. Poems with language that contains hate speech or could be deemed offensive and wholly inappropriate language will not be accepted.

  6. By submitting your original poetry to the MDC Poetry Contest, you certify that the poem(s) that you have entered into this contest is/are original to you. You also grant permission for the first publication to MDC to publish your work in the MDC Digital Commons and share it on MDC social media sites. 


If you are interested in getting creative, you may view the recording of the Skillshop, "Poetry 101: Dissecting the Where I'm From Poem" below.

For further information:

Jorge Cartaya, Academic Writing Coach,

Carla Clark, Librarian,