CELEBRATING POETRY WRITING CONTEST
I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first it wet the bed.
By Shel Silverstein
So many of us are sheltered at home and if you have kids the day to day challenge of being a parent, entertainer, chief bottle washer and teacher, might be getting the best of you. But in those moments of clarity maybe you can channel some of that energy into some creative writing!
The Morganton Main Street office has partnered with Angela Shores, owner of Adventure Bound Books to promote poetry as a part of National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April.
As a part of the promotion we are announcing a Poetry Contest for all ages. Winning poems will be displayed in various forms throughout downtown during future events. For this April 2020, poetry will be spread throughout downtown in surprising places and forms offering an opportunity for people to be exposed to poetry and the literary arts.
Writers of all ages are invited to submit poetry for our inaugural Celebrating Poetry Writing Contest with the theme of Nature’s Playground. The Poetry Contest seeks to celebrate the undeniable magic of words and the beauty of poetry. There will be cash prizes for the top 3 winners. The entry fee is $5 and poets of all ages are invited to submit their work.
Registration and Entry Period - March 1-March 31, 2020. Judging Period - April 1 - 25, 2020
Public Announcement of Winners - April 30, 2020 * All submissions must be made by 11:59pm EST on March 31, 2020.
Based on judges’ scoring, three poems will be selected and designated as 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place poems. All poems, regardless of participants’ age, will be judged in the same category with only three winning poems selected.
1st Place Winner - $500
2nd Place Winner - $250
3rd Place Winner - $125
LOGISTICS AND DETAILS
The Celebrating Poetry Writing Contest is an online poetry contest. Registration and all submissions for judging must be submitted online. In-person registrations and submissions are not accepted. Participants must create a free account with Submittable, the online contest submission platform.
Poems can take any form (examples include, but are not limited to, couplets, free verse, rhymed poetry, sonnets, haiku, narrative) and should address the contest theme. The 2020 inaugural contest theme is Nature’s Playground.
Individuals wishing to participate will register for the contest, pay the entry fee, and submit their poem at the same time. The deadline to do so is March 31, but may be done as soon as the writer has completed their poem and is ready to submit it for judging. Judging will take place after April 1st, so early submission does not grant favor by reviewers. Therefore, be sure to take your time and submit your best work.
Judges will be individuals from the community who are published poets, writing and English literature educators, librarians, scholars, and community leaders. Judges will review all submissions for (1) connection to contest theme, (2) technical content (grammar, spelling, punctuation), and (3) overall message conveyed.