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Poetry Contest Deadline Approaches!

by M Voors | Oct 31, 2015
Monday, November 2nd is the deadline to enter the "I'm a Hoosier" Poetry Contest in honor of our state's bicentennial.

The rules are simple:

1.  The Poetry Contest is open to all children in kindergarten through grade five, and all young adults in grades six through twelve.

2.  Only one entry per student.

3.  Poems must be student's original work.

4.  All entries must be submitted on 8.5" x 11" paper.

5.  All entries must have student's name, address, phone number, school, and grade on the back of the poem.

6.  Poetry Contest starts on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

7.  Poetry Contest ends on Monday, November 2, 2015, 9:00 pm.

8.  Criteria for judging of poems includes:
       - understanding the concept of a "poem"
       - creativity
       - legibility
       - originality
       - following the "I'm a Hoosier!" theme

9.  First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention will be chosen for each grade

10. Winners will be notified by mail.

11.  The Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 12, in the Main Library theater.

12.  All Poetry Contest entries become the property of the Allen County Public Library.

13.  For further information, call the Library at (260) 421.1220.

To offer further inspiration, here is one of *my* favorite entries so far this year, written by Jake Patrick, a fifth grader at St. Jude's Catholic School.

Hoosier poem

(IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:  I am not a judge in this year's contest, but I love this poem!)

Send or drop off your your entry by November 2nd to: Children's/YA Poetry Contest Allen County Public Library  900 Library Plaza  Fort Wayne, IN  46802
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