Dayton Metro Poetry Contest is open for entries



The Dayton Metro Library Poetry Contest is open for entries now through April 30. Residents of Montgomery, Miami, Greene, Warren and Preble counties are eligible to enter in the five age categories: Adult (age 18-59 ), Older adult (age 60+), teen (Grades 7-12), and two junior categories, Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6.

Entries will be judged by the editorial board of Mock Turtle Zine (, which is an independent, nonprofit literary zine published in print and online, and that also promotes Dayton area writers and artists.

First place winners in all five age categories will be published in an upcoming issue of Mock Turtle Zine. First, second and third place winners in the teen, adult, and older adult categories will receive Amazon gift cards: First place $100, second place $75, third place $50.

Entries are limited to one poem per person and must be submitted via email. More information, including a fillable entry form, contest rules and guidelines, are available at For more information, call the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937-463-2665.

Upcoming literary events:

· Sunday, April 11, 2-3:30 p.m. (online) — Wright Memorial Library will host an online Poetry Workshop Webinar, focusing on various poetic forms and led by Gary Mitchner, Professor Emeritus of English at Sinclair College, and a poet whose work has been published in “The Paris Review” and many other literary journals. Learn more and register at

· Wednesday, April 14, 7 p.m. (online) — The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton’s 2020-2021 Cultural Arts and Book Series presents the novel “Newark Minutemen,” inspired by the history of the shadow Hitler-Nazi party in America during the Great Depression, by Leslie K. Barry. The event is free and held via Zoom. To receive detailed information and get the Zoom link, go to, click on the Cultural Arts & Book Series logo, and sign up for updates.

· Tuesday, April 20, 7-8:30 p.m. (online) — The Virtual Wright Library Poets will meet online at Wright Memorial Library to chat about and share poetry. Learn more at, or for more information and to get the link to the meeting, contact Elizabeth Schmidt at or 937-294-7171.

· Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m. — Washington-Centerville Public Library will host local author Christina Consolino as she talks about her debut novel, “Rewrite The Stars,” set in Kettering and exploring the impact of PTSD on family and relationships. Learn more and register for this free online event at Click on Programs, then Authors & Writers.

· Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m. — Dayton Literary Peace Prize Virtual Book Club, hosted by Ron Rollins, former editor of Ideas and Voices for the Dayton Daily News, will discuss “The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christy Lefteri, the 2020 DLPP Fiction Runner-Up. To learn more or register, visit

· Through April 30 —“Flights” literary magazine, published annually each fall by Sinclair Community College, is open for submissions of poetry and prose. Learn more about the magazine, read past issues, and find directions for submitting your work at

· Through May 7 — ”Mock Turtle Zine,” an independent literary zine published in Dayton, is open to submissions of poetry, prose, drama and art. Read past issues and find out more about how to submit your work at

Sharon Short writes historical mysteries under the pen name Jess Montgomery ( Send her column ideas, book club news, or literary events at

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