Ode To The ZIP Code 2019: Submit Your Poem Here

. February 6, 2019.

Want to write an ode to your ZIP code?

For the fourth year in a row, we’ve teamed up with The Fair Housing Center, The Arts Commission and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library for the Ode to the ZIP Code poetry contest.

Toledo-area residents can enter this free poetry competition by submitting a poem based on their ZIP code.

Each entry should be a five-line, acrostic, haiku-like poem, where the number of words in each line is dictated by the corresponding digit in your ZIP code. (For examples, see the winning poems from our 2017 contest here and the 2018 contest here).

There are two categories: adult, which includes ages 16 and older, and youth, which is for poets under the age of 16. Please check the box on the submission form to be automatically entered into the youth contest.

Top entries will be featured in the Toledo City Paper and the authors will be invited to perform their poem live on Thursday, April 18th during the Art Loop. More details TBD.

Entries will be accepted beginning Friday, February 15. The contest is open for submissions until Friday, March 1. 


  • Poems must be five lines each, with the number of words in each line determined by the corresponding digit in your ZIP code.
  • No more than three submissions per poet will be accepted.
  • All submissions will be juried and published online.
  • Employees of presenting partner organizations are not eligible to enter.
  • Judges decisions are final and binding.
  • Winners will be notified by email.