April is National Poetry Month . The Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program  invite all Callaway County kids and teens to submit a narrative poem! This contest will award winners in three age groups: 5-8, 9-12 and 13-18. Winners will be awarded at the library on April 24 at 6 p.m. and have their poems displayed at the Callaway Public Library , at Central Bank  and online.
Boy, have I got a story for you...
A narrative poem tells a story, with a beginning, middle and an end. It can be about something that really happened (nonfiction) or something completely made up (fiction). Pick an action-packed event or a quiet one, something that is meaningful to you. For example, a narrative poem might be about winning the big game or witnessing something scary, but it could also be about something small like blowing out candles on a birthday cake or watching the monkeys at the zoo.
Here are some narrative poems to inspire you:
- Casey at the Bat  by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
- Ticklish Tom  by Shel Silverstein
- The Raven  by Edgar Allen Poe
- You must live or attend school in Callaway County and be age 5-18.
- For the 5 to 8 age group, an adult may help you type or write your entry.
- Entries should include your name, age, address, parent’s or guardian’s name, phone number, email address (if available), school, grade and your teacher’s name.
Entries must be received by April 6. Entries may be turned in at the Callaway Public Library , sent by email  or mailed to: Callaway County Public Library, ATTN: Youth Poetry Contest, 710 Court St., Fulton, MO 65251. Mail entries must be postmarked by April 3. Get an entry form at the Callaway Public Library, on the bookmobile or download using the link below.