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Poetry Month Rockland Announces Annual Poetry Contest in Adult, Teen, & Child Categories

Time to dust off your rhyming dictionary, your best pen, your keyboard, your thesaurus, and your imaginations! Poetry Month Rockland announces the theme for its 2014 Poetry Contest: Windows, Doors, Mirrors.

Poetry allows us to look both forward and inward, gives us a means to reflect. So do windows, doors, and mirrors  Although windows, doors, and mirrors are concrete items, they are in their own ways like poems. What are the windows, doors, and mirrors in your life? What do you see when you look out, look in, or reflect on your own image? How does what you see impact your life?


Categories are as follows: Child 1 = Pre-k to 3rd grade; Child 2 = 4th grade to 7th grade; Teen = grades 8-12; Adult = college age and beyond.

Teens and Adults:

Poems to be submitted should focus on the theme, in all its possibilities. Line limit: approximately 40 lines (or what fits on one side of a single sheet of paper in #12 font). Two copies of the poem should be submitted, one with no identifying information, one with name, address, phone number, email (optional) on the back of the poem. Poems should be typed. Submit by mail or deliver to the Rockland Public Library at 80 Union Street no later than April 1, 2014. Write POETRY CONTEST and age category on the envelope. You may submit at any time before the deadline, so get writing.

Child 1 and Child 2:

Windows, doors, mirrors: What do see when you look out windows?  What do you imagine behind closed doors? Who and what do you see when you look in the mirror?  Write a poem of any length (up to a single page) and describe your adventure of looking. Accompanying art is most welcome, but not required. Please provide two copies, with no name on one copy of the poem and name and contact information on the back of the second copy. Deadline: from now to April 1, 2014. Mail or deliver to Rockland Public Library at 80 Union Street, Rockland.Write POETRY CONTEST and the category on the envelope. Poems in the categories of Child 1 and Child 2 need not be typed.

Contact the Rockland Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner at  or the Rockland Public Library at 594-0310 for further information.

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