Entries are currently being accepted for the sixth annual Ode to
the ZIP Code poetry contest, a partnership of The Fair Housing
Center, The Arts Commission, Toledo Lucas County Public Library,
Toledo City Paper, and Toledo Area Parent.
This free poetry contest invites local residents 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 their ZIP Code. All ages and neighborhoods are welcome.
Entries will be accepted online February 10 - 24 at https://toledocitypaper.com/the-city/ode2021. Participants
can contact their Library for help completing the online form.
Winners selected from youth (11 and under), young adult (12-17),
and adult (18 and older) categories will be awarded cash prizes.
Top poems will also be published in Toledo City Paper and Toledo
Area Parent. All entries will be juried, and finalists will be
featured in a special virtual event in April.
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 how our life experiences are
shaped by where we live. Inspiration for the contest came from
the O, Miami Poetry Festival and WLRN-Miami Herald News, the
originators of the “zip ode” concept.