Poetry and Art Contest

MLK Jr. Poetry and Art

"Why Martin Still Matters"

It's time for the second annual MLK Jr. Poetry and Art Contest. This year's theme is “Why Martin Still Matters". Base your work on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Participants must be grades 6th-12th and be a Fort Worth Public Library card holder.

Work will be judged based on submission type. All submissions will be judged on creativity, originality, clarity and relevance to the theme. Winners will be notified by January 11.

All entries must be submitted by Saturday, January 7 before 6pm.


Submissions can be sent online or delivered in person to any of our locations.

Criteria for Submission:

  • Participants must be in grade 6-12.
  • Include your Fort Worth Public Library card number. Learn how to get a library card here.
  • All work must be original, created by the submitting participant.
  • All work must include an entry form.
  • One entry per person.
  • Art Work:  All art mediums (excluding AI generated), 2D, no bigger than 16”x20”
  • Poetry: No more than 250 words, typed or written legibly.
  • Poetry: Submissions should be in English.
  • No profanity, hate speech or vulgar language.
  • All entries must be submitted by Saturday January 7th before 6pm. Submissions after this time will not be considered.

Submit Online

Printable Form(PDF, 235KB)



Prizes include:

  • Awards and certificates
  • Artist or writers' tools
  • A reception for family and friends
  • Recognition on Fort Worth Public Library social media
  • Exhibition of work in the Fort Worth Public Library



2022 Judges Panel

 headshot of Chris Nettles

Chris Nettles

District 8 Councilman


Manya Shorr

Fort Worth Public Library Director 

 a headshot

Michelle Green-Ford, President and CEO

Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce

Jarred Howard portrait

Jarred Howard, Principal

Sable Brands 

 Tammy Gomez portrait

Tammy Gomez

Poet and Multimedia Performer




Materials and Programs

Library YouTube features