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

Get ready, April is National Poetry Month! TIme to get writing! Poetry Month Rockland announces the theme for its 2016 Poetry Contest: Poetry Unplugged.

Someone reads you a poem.  What is the first thing you think of?  Does it move you, does it make you laugh, does it make you think?  This year our Poetry Contest has no theme.  We want you to write whatever you want, however you want. Do you want to move someone, or make them laugh or ponder the meaning of life? This year it’s all up to you!

                                                        Poems may be submitted:
                                                 Adult- Now through April 8, 2016
                                               Student- Now through April 15, 2016                                                              


Categories are as follows:  Child 1 = Pre-k to 3rd grade     Child 2 = 4th grade to 7th grade
                   Teen = grades 8-12         Adult = Age 19 and beyond.

Limit entries to one per person.

Teens and Adults:
Poems to be submitted have only the following guidelines: Line limit- approximately 40 lines (or what fits on one side of a single sheet of paper in 12 point 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 8, 2016, April 15 for teens. 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:
Write a poem of any length (up to a single page).  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 15, 2016. 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.

NOTE: Adults and teens may enter “a children’s poem,” i.e. a poem written FOR children, but it should be submitted in the ADULT category.

By entering the Poetry Contest, you agree to allow the Rockland Public Library and/or Poetry Month Rockland to use and/or reproduce your poem (in part or whole), credited to author, for use in promotional material or as part of a collected work.

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

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