The Shawnee Public Library is seeking children and teens to be part of its “Live Loud! Spurr Poetry Contest and Celebration of Young Poets.”

Entries are being taken for the contest during April, and winners will be announced during a celebration event at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.

The contest features divisions for 4th through 6th grades; 7th through 9th grades; and 10th through 12th grades. Each poet may submit up to three original works that are not more than one page in length. The entry deadline is April 30.

The poetry contest is named in honor of Jim Spurr, the Poet Laureate of Shawnee, and his love of poetry and belief that it makes a difference in people’s lives. Along with division award winners, a Jim Spurr Award for Best of Contest will be selected.

Dr. Brent Newsom, professor at Oklahoma Baptist University and Shawnee Library Advisory Board member, will speak at the celebration. Contest winners also will be invited to read their poems at the event.

An entry form for participants is available on the library website at A completed form should be submitted along with poems to the Children’s Desk at the library.

The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Shawnee Public Library.

For more information, visit the library, call 275-6353 or go online to