2018 Annual Poetry Month Contest Rules
The theme this year is "SPEAK OUT! Share what is happening in your world, from current events, to hot button issues, to world affairs, to what is exciting in your area. What incites your passion? You have a voice and we want to hear it!"
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.
You get to creatively interpret the theme any way you like, but do not write outside the theme. Limit entries to one per person. Poems may be submitted from Monday, April 2nd through Wednesday, August 1st, 2018.
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 must be submitted, one with no identifying information and one with name, address, phone number, email (optional) on the back of the poem. Poems should be typed.
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, one with no name and one with name and home AND school contact information. 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.
Submit poems by mail or in person to Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street, Rockland, ME 04841, no later than August 1st, 2018. Write POETRY CONTEST and age category on the envelope. Emailed entries will be accepted at email@example.com; poems MUST be attached as a PDF or Word document and adhere to the above formatting guidelines. You may submit at any time before the deadline, so get writing!
By entering the Poetry Contest, you agree to allow the Rockland Public Library, Poetry Month Rockland and/or the Courier Gazette/Village Soup 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. Winners will be announced by August 15th, 2018 and will be published in the Courier Gazette/Village Soup. Please note that while the contest is open to all, winners should be available to participate in a Millay Festival Event (Sept 7, 8, or 9, 2018) and a Rockland Library Poetry event (Sept 27, 2018). Prize packages will include tickets to the 2018 Millay Festival, subscriptions to the Courier Gazette and more. Contact the Rockland Poet Laureate Joanna Hynd at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Rockland Public Library at 594-0310 for further information.