Palatine Public Library District is gearing up for its ninth annual poetry contest.
Aspiring writers of all ages may submit their best original piece from Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, April 15. Work by Palatine library district residents will be considered for the Nancy J. Heggem Poetry Awards that include cash prizes. Work by nonresidents will be considered for the Write On Awards that include gift card prizes.
Heggem, a local poet and former library board member, judges and donates the prizes for the award named in her honor. Prizes for the nonresident category are judged by poets Kate Hutchinson and Terry Loncaric and are provided by the library.
Contest guidelines and entry forms will be available online at palatinelibrary.org beginning Thursday, March 1. Winners will be announced at a special poetry festival May 6.