NORFOLK, Neb. -- Aristotle once said, “Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history.” 

But irony has its ways as library cardholders of the Norfolk Public Library have an opportunity to become part of history through poetry.

The library is holding a poetry contest which will end on March 25.

The contest has become a staple for the library as it has been held for the last 10 years.

"It’s just a wonderful way to celebrate the written word and creativity. Poetry can sound intimidating but it’s something anyone can do,” Library Director Jessica Chamberlain said. “So, the contest is open to all ages and we invite everyone to give it a try.”

There are three separate age categories for the contest.

The age categories are 12 and under, 13-18, and 19 and older.

You can submit up to two poems with a maximum of 16 lines.

“Any kind of poem is invited. It can be a traditional rhyming poem, it can be free-verse and a little more modern. You could do a sonnet if you wanted to," Chamberlain said. "The form is wide open.”

The winners of each category will be awarded a $25 gift card to a variety of Norfolk businesses. 

Winners will be notified on April 1 and poems will be displayed in the library during national library week from April 3-9.

You can submit your poems at the service desk at the library or you can visit the library's website for a link to submit poems online.