Bettendorf Library calls for poetry contest entries: The Bettendorf Public Library is seeking entrants in its poetry contest.

In commemoration of Banned Books Week, the Great Endings poetry contest at the library challenges poets to use the last line from a banned book somewhere in a poem. A list of possibilities can be found on the website or in hard copy at the Bettendorf Public Library.

There are two contest levels: youth (middle school through high school) and adult (beyond high school). Poets must live within a 50-mile radius of the Quad-Cities. Up to two poems may be submitted, each no longer than one page. The final judge will be author Chris Crutcher.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than Sept. 5 and should include name, contact information, level and where the “great ending” you used came from. Entries can be dropped off or  mailed to Bettendorf Public Library, Hedy Hustedde, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722 or emailed to, with “Great Endings Poetry” in the subject line.

There will be a $50 prize for first place in each level. The two winners will read their poems at the “Chris Crutcher and the Freedom to Read” program at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22.

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