Poetry Contest!


All submissions were judged by poet Phillip Burgess. Poems were judged for form, creativity, richness of language, and imagery. This years poetry contest received a total of 330 submissions. Look for copies of the winning poems in the local news paper or pick up your copy at your branch library.

2018 Winners 

Adult Category
1st place – Richard Brue, Bull Lake for “She Always Returns Home”
2nd place – Ray Stout, Libby for “Susurrous”
3rd place – Julie Waters-Barcomb, Libby for “In Sickness and in Health”
Honorable mention – Isiaha Boyd, Libby for “Counting”

Youth Category
1st place – Jazmyn Schumacher, Eureka for “Untitled”
2nd place – Zac Willis, Libby for “Moon Phases”
3rd place – Addie Bash, Rexford for “Her”
Honorable mention – Rubie Guthrie, Libby for “I am True and Passionate”
Honorable mention – Yeshara Robertson, Libby for “Spring”

Junior Category
1st place – Porter Hollingsworth, Libby for “Dizzy Desert”
2nd place – Alli Clemons, Libby for “Cups Falling”
3rd place – Kyran Boltz, Libby for “The Woody Woods”
Honorable mention – Olivia Prater, Libby for “Untitled”


  • Entry is FREE.
  • Limit of two poems per person. Please submit 2 copies of each poem. One should include your name, address, and phone number. The other should only contain the poem itself.
  • No more than 100 lines per poem.
  • There is no theme this year and all styles are welcome (rhyme is not necessary).
  • Please write “Junior (preschool – 5th grade),” “Youth (6th – 12th grade),” or “Adult on top of each poem.
  • Winning poems will be submitted to local newspapers and printed for distribution at the library.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the authors of the top three poems in each category at the Poetry Extravaganza on May 9th at 5 pm at AuntT’s Coffee Corner in Libby.
  • Submit poems to Lincoln County Public Libraries at any branch – Libby, Eureka and Troy
  • Entries can also be turned in to the offices of all county school buildings until the morning of Friday, April 27th, 2018