Texas Talking Book Program Announces Third Annual Poetry Writing Contest

Talking Book Program
Austin, TX

The Texas Talking Book Program (TBP) is proud to announce its third annual poetry writing contest. The contest will run from June through September 30, 2019.

There are three contest levels: TBPL #1: ages 0-10; TBPL #2: ages 11-18; and TBPL #3: age 19 and above. Winners will be announced in the TBP Winter Newsletter in early 2020 and featured on the website of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

“We are looking forward to this year's poetry contest--since the beginning of this contest we have been overwhelmed by the amount of talent we have in the Talking Book Program,” said TBP Public Awareness Coordinator Jaclyn Owusu. “We started the poetry contest because we wanted to get the perspective of our patrons, learn about how they experience the world and share it with people across the state.”

Participation is limited to current, active TBP patrons. One winner will be selected from each category level. Poems can be on any subject, do not have to rhyme, and will be judged on originality, creativity, and artistic and style quality. Poems must not contain violence, strong language and/or sexual content. Entries are limited to one poem per patron and must be the original work of the poet. All participants must sign and submit a release form. Forms are available on TexasTalkingBooks.org, under "TBP News," or a form may be requested by mail by calling 512-463-5452.

Typed, hand written or Brailled poem entries and participant release forms should be submitted to: Talking Book Program, c/o Public Awareness Coordinator, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711-2927, or by email to: TBPinfo@tsl.texas.gov. The submission deadline is September 30, 2019.

The Talking Book Program provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical or reading disabilities. TBP is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a program administered by the Library of Congress. The TBP collection consists of more than 100,000 titles, including hundreds of titles in Spanish, and some in French, German, Russian and other languages.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.

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