Ode to the Zip Code 2022 Entries Begin on February 1

Write an ode to your ZIP Code!

For the sixth year in a row, Adams Street Publishing teams 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

This year, there are three age categories: two youth categories (ages 11 and younger, and ages 12-17) and one adult (ages 18+) category.

Top entries will be featured in the Toledo City Paper and Toledo Area Parent, and the authors will be invited to perform their poem in a special event in April. Winners selected from adult and youth categories will receive cash prizes.

Submissions run Tuesday, February 1 through Tuesday, February 15 


  • 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.

You and your kids can submit entries on the Toledo City Paper website when the contest begins.

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