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Fall Fest 2022
The extended deadline for the contest is now closed (end: 11/07).
Thank you for your interest in the Slammin' Rhymes Challenge XVI.

How to Enter
DEADLINE: Monday, November 7th 2022

Please note: A separate entry form must be completed for each entry.

  • To be eligible, participants must be Marion County students, grades 7-12.
  • Each entry MUST be attached to an official entry form, printed version or online.
  • Keep it clean: absolutely no profanity will be allowed!
  • Write your inspiring thoughts on this year's theme,
  • All entries must be the original work of entrants.
  • Keep it clean: absolutely no profanity will be allowed!
  • Please submit a typed or legibly written copy of your original poem and a recording. Choose one:

Note to Teachers

If you are submitting on behalf of your students, each work must be accompanied by a completed official ENTRY FORM.

For more information contact: Claudine Polley 317-275-4396 or

  • No entry will be returned. All submissions become the property of The Indianapolis Public Library.
Indianapolis Public Library & Indianapolis Public Library Foundation - Photograph/Media Release Agreement (more…)

The Indianapolis Public Library, in an effort to promote Library services and programs, requests your permission to use a photograph/videotape/audio recording of yourself, your child or legal ward in Library publications or productions, including, but not limited to, the Library's newsletter, annual report, television or video programming, web page, posters, brochures or other public displays.

Please read and sign below:
I agree to allow The Indianapolis Public Library to use a photograph/videotape/audio recording of myself, my child or legal ward for any of the above stated purposes. I understand that this agreement holds the Library harmless from any liability resulting from the use of these materials, and that there will be no compensation paid for the use now or in the future.

You must agree to these terms to participate.


  • All participants will receive a gift card.
  • Ten selectees will read their entries at:
    • Fall Fest/ Slammin' Rhymes Challenge
      Saturday, November 19, 2022
      Central Library - 40 E. St. Clair Street
  • All participants are encouraged to be at the event and registered by 12:00 PM to claim their prize.
  • Photoshoot for all participants with Kevin Richardson will take place at 3:00 PM
  • Selectees will be notified by phone and will be presented with their award given by Kevin Richardson.

    When 14-year-old Kevin Richardson, a member of the Exonerated Five, entered New York City's Central Park on a spring evening in 1989, he had a child's concerns. The eighth-grade student was arrested on his way home that night alongside four other Black and Hispanic teens and faced a nightmarish journey through the criminal justice system. The youths, known as the Central Park Five, spent day after day, year after year, in custody for a brutal crime they did not commit.

For more information contact: Claudine Polley 317-275-4396 or

If you'd prefer to download the entry form (PDF), you can get it here.