LORAIN, Oct. 4, 2023: LPLS has announced the details of the annual Toni Morrison Poster and Poetry Contests.

LPLS invites kindergarten through college-age students living or attending school in Lorain County to express their creativity and showcase their talent in our annual contests.

Create an original artwork reflecting the meaning of either of two Toni Morrison quotations using any physical medium or digital tools: “You can do some rather extraordinary things if that’s what you really believe” or “At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph it, paint or even remember it. It is enough.”

Artwork should be drawn horizontally and be either 12 inches by 18 inches or 8.5 inches by 11 inches in size (under or oversized artwork will not be eligible) and drawn on white posterboard or non-lined white drawing paper. Artwork must be original (no traced, trademarked or copyrighted characters, slogans, etc.).

Artwork submissions will be accepted between Oct. 1 and Nov. 17 via the scan of a .jpg with at least 300 dpi resolution to morrisonposter@lpls.info or dropped off to any LPLS branch. Include your first and last name, phone number, email address, school name (if applicable), and for entrants aged 17 and under, provide the name and contact information of your teacher or caregiver.

Judging will take place in January and winners will be notified via phone or email. First place winners will have their work displayed in the Toni Morrison Room at the Main Library.

The Toni Morrison Poetry Contest has no specific theme, but the work must be an original poem of up to 40 lines, in free or formal verse. The poetry contest is open to grades 6 to 8, 9 to 12 and college.

Poetry entries will be accepted between Nov. 1 and Dec. 9 to lorainpoetry@lpls.info. The poem should be in the body of the email, not an attachment. Include your legal name, pen name (if applicable), school grade or college level, name of school, home address, phone number and email address.

All poetry contest entrants are invited to attend the Open Mic Poetry event in February, where the contest winners will be announced. Attendance is not mandatory to receive winnings.

For more information regarding either contest, call the Main Library at 440-244-1192.