Blackout Poetry Contest

Unleash your creativity in our Blackout Poetry Contest!

Blackout poetry is created by redacting words from a found text source (like a book page or newspaper article) to create a new poem. Let your imagination run wild and transform found text into something entirely new!


  • The contest is open to ages 16+.
  • Entries must be original blackout poems created from found text sources.
  • Poems should not exceed one page in length.
  • Book pages from recycled books will be available at the library.
  • Artwork is optional but encouraged.
  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, April 23.

Submitting your work:

  • Submit entries online or in person at the Woodward Public Library.
  • Online submissions can be emailed as a picture or PDF to Andrea at Please submit emails with the subject “Blackout Poetry.” Include your name and phone number with your submission.
  • Titles for poetry submissions are optional.


  • 1st Place: $100
  • 2nd Place: $75
  • 3rd Place: $50


  • Entries accepted from April 1 to April 23.
  • Winners will be announced by Monday, April 29,and displayed at the library.

Drop-in & Create:

Need supplies and space to create? Drop by the library on Tuesday, April 16, between 4:00 – 6:30 PM. The library will have recycled book pages, sharpies, colored pencils, and more art and craft supplies for blackout poetry. Plus, light food and refreshments.

Questions? Contact Andrea at 580-254-8544 or by email at

We can’t wait to see your blackout poetry creations!