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Banned Book Week 2014

Banned Book Title Poetry

Write a Poem - Enter the Contest - Win a $25 Amazon.com Gift Card!

The library is sponsoring this event as part of its celebration of Banned Books Week (Sept. 21 - 27, 2014)

Entries will be accepted from September 15 through September 27, 2014.


  • 2 categories from which to choose!
    1. Category 1: You need to use the complete book title(s).
    2. Category 2: You may use words from the book title(s) in any order.
  • The poem can be haiku, limerick, sonnet, unrhymed, rhymed, ballad, lyric, or free verse. Anything goes!
  • It should include three or more banned book titles.
  • You may use other words as needed to make the poem sound right.

Banned Book Titles

Check out the Banned Book Resource Guide at the reserves desk of the library.
Banned Books Week top ten challenged books list of 2012
Banned and Challenged Classics
Frequently Challenged Books by ALA:
List of books banned by governments
Other banned book sites/lists may be used; please include URL or citation in your submission.

Sample Haiku:

The Awakening
As I lay dying,
Where angels fear to tread: one
Day of life - twilight!
By Joan Juskie

Titles Used:
The Awakening
As I Lay Dying
Where Angels Fear to Tread
One Day of Life

Poetry Submission

Please include:

  • Title of poem
  • The poem
  • Your name
  • List of titles used
  • Preferred contact method: Phone or Email
  • Source of banned book titles

To enter:

  • Drop your poem off at the circulation desk in the library or submit by email at refinst@isu.edu
  • Deadline for entry into the contest is midnight September 27, 2014
  • Winners will be announced on September 30, 2014


Winner of the $25 Amazon.com Gift Card will be determined by a panel of judges.

Winning poetry and the committee's favorites will be displayed in the library, on Library News http://libpublic2.eol.isu.edu/blogs/ln/wordpress/ and the Banned Book Title Poetry webpage http://www.isu.edu/library/services/bbwpoetry.shtml

Disclaimer: Entry of poem into contest gives permission to the Library to use the poem in future displays and library publications.

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