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The Gabriel Zimpritch Memorial Poetry Contest


The Thomas Memorial Library is proud to announce its very first Gabriel Zimpritch Memorial Poetry Contest, open to all Maine residents (of at least six months of the year)!

The contest will award a prize to one adult and one teen (age 11-18). The adult contest prize will be awarded by Betsy Sholl, former Maine poet laureate, and the teen contest prize will be awarded by Gibson Fay-Leblanc, the poet laureate of Portland.



  • All manuscripts must be digitally submitted between April 1st – May 14th, 2016
  • We will accept up to 5 poems, no more than 15 pages in total
  • The contest is anonymous; please do not include your name in the manuscript itself
  • We will only consider previously unpublished works
  • We will only accept manuscripts in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format
  • Submissions should be e-mailed as attachments to


Please direct any questions about the contest to