Call for Entries: 3rd Annual Ode to the ZIP Code

Daily Dose  |  02/09/2018

Your ZIP Code matters. It's not just an address, it's an identity.

Entries are currently being accepted for the third annual Ode to the ZIP Code poetry contest, a partnership of The Fair Housing Center, The Arts Commission, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, and Toledo City Paper. This creative writing opportunity invites participants to submit short poems inspired by their ZIP Code, where the number of words in each line of the poem is determined by the corresponding digit of the ZIP Code. All ages and neighborhoods are welcome.

Entries will be accepted online through March 7 at New to the contest this year is the addition of a youth category, challenging those under 16 to give voice to their perspective and compete for special recognition.

All entries will be juried, and finalists will be invited to read their work at a special event at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Main Library – McMaster Center on April 19, 2018 for 419 Day, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Winners selected from both the youth (15 and under) and adult (16 and older) categories will be awarded cash prizes. Top poems will also be published in Toledo City Paper.

April is both National Poetry Month and Fair Housing Month. The Ode to the ZIP Code event is a fun and creative way to engage the community in talking about where we live and how it affects our experiences and life outcomes. Inspiration for the contest came from the O, Miami Poetry Festival and WLRN-Miami Herald News, the originators of the “zip ode” concept.