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Young Minds Dreaming

March 4, 2019

The most beautiful thing about children is their ever-expansive imagination. From imaginary friends to drawings to creating entire worlds in their heads, it seems that a child’s mind truly has no limited.

The SC State Library has created the perfect opportunity to harness this raw potential in the form of a contest! As stated by the folks at the library:

“This year’s Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest invites all SC students in grades 3rd to 12th to write a poem using the theme “imagining what you could do.”

Imagine what it is like to consider your own possibilities. Can you envision all the possibilities that may await you? Have you ever imagined what you might be when you grow up? What are your hopes and dreams as you search for your place in life?

In your own words, write about your imagination and dreams. Can you imagine that even the most unlikeliest of dreams might come true?”

The Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest encourages students in grades 3 through 12 to write a poem using the theme “imagining what you could do.”

Winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the State Library, where they will read their poem aloud, and meet guest poet Juan Felipe Herrera. They will also receive prizes such as signed copies of Herrera’s newest books and Amazon gift cards!

Any and all entries are welcome, but they must be submitted by March 16, 2019.

See Submission Guidelines here.

This event is sponsored by the SC State Library, who are proud to encourage young writers to express themselves at every opportunity!

Check out highlights from the 2017 Contest below!

The library is located at 1500 Senate Street in Downtown Columbia. if you have any questions, feel free to call 803-734-8666, or visit the website at

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