Date: April 27, 2024

Time:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Multipurpose Room, Laredo Public Library (1120 E Calton road)


  • Sight Seeing in Laredo” is the central theme for the 21th Annual Poetry Festival.

Rules of Participation:

  • A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the contest; plagiarized poems will be disqualified.
  • Poems may be written in any standard format.
  • Text should be typed. Font size 12
  • Poems should be no longer than 2 pages, double-spaced.
  • Submit 2 copies of your poem, 1 with no name on it.
  • Only one entry per individual person will be accepted; no co-authors of a poem will be accepted.
  • Poem will be accepted through via website and in person.
  • The application form needs to be filled out.
  • The parents or legal guardian will fill out the Release Form for students under 18.


  • English or Spanish.
  • Mix English and Spanish


  • Students from LISD, UISD, private schools, and homeschooling.
  • Adults 18 and over.


  • Divide all contestants by age and grade level.
  • The deadline for submitting poems is Friday, February 09, 2024, by 6:00 p.m. at the Laredo Public Library (Main branch).
  • 3-7 judges in each group will review all poems received & select the top 3 winners and 1-3 honorable mention recipients.
  • The top 3 winners in each group will read their poems and receive prizes and gift bags.
  • Honorable Mentions will receive gift bags and the option to read their poems.
  • All participants will receive certificates of participation.


  • Publish the winners’ poems.
  • Continue the Poetry Festival every year as a local educational activity.


Diocese of Laredo Catholic Schools                       Friends of the Library                Laredo College       Laredo Independent School District Laredo Public Library               Texas A & M International University                 United Independent School District                        Harmony Public School Laredo


Release form: Release Form

Application form: Application form

You can submit your application and poem virtually here: 21st Annual Laredo Poetry Festival Registration | Laredo Public Library (