The Silas Bronson Library is hosting for the first time, a Teen Poetry Contest. The contest is open to all teens in grades nine through twelve who live, attend school or are homeschooled in Waterbury.

All poems must be an original work and only one entry is allowed per student. Foreign language entries are welcome if accompanied by an English language translation. All submitted poems must adhere to the year’s themes/topics. Poets may only pick one of the topics and the poem must adhere to the chosen topic. The topics this year are: a) How has the pandemic changed your life?; b) The impact of bullying; c) If I could… or d) Change one thing about the world”.

Poems will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, artistic quality, content and adherence to theme. Three winners and up to two honorable mentions will be selected. Each winner and honorable mention will receive a prize and certificate of achievement. All submitted poems may be eligible for publication in the annual contest anthology. Winning poems will be published in the anthology. Poems can be submitted online at or in-person at the library. All submissions and poems must be received no later than Friday, May 3, 2022 at 7:59 p.m. This program is sponsored in part by the Friends of Silas Bronson Library.

The Silas Bronson Library is the public library of the City of Waterbury. Located at 267 Grand Street, the Library is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from Labor Day to the weekend before Memorial Day, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For more information, please visit

Silas Bronson Library

267 Grand Street

Waterbury, CT 06702

T. 203-574-8200 ext. 7708