There will be five categories in the contest: Primary (K-2nd Grade), Intermediate (3rd – 5th Grade), Middle School (6th – 8th Grade), High School (9th-12th Grade), and Adult. A first place winner will be selected from each of the five categories and receive a cash prize of $25.00.
Each winner will also have the opportunity to read his poem during the JMAM Arts Fest on June 5th. Rules for admission are as follows: 1) One entry per person 2) Poems must be submitted to the Janice Mason Art Museum on 8 1⁄2 x 11 sheet(s) of paper or online to firstname.lastname@example.org 3) Each poem submitted must be accompanied by the “Poetry Entry Form” available at JMAM, Eldora’s Books, Etc., or online at www.jmam.org 4) Do not write your name on the poem 5) Put the title of the poem at the top of the first page and on any subsequent pages 6) Poems are not to have embellishments such as pictures, graphics, photos, etc. 7) Poems should not have obscene or profane language 8) Poems will not be returned 9) Winners agree to allow Janice Mason Art Museum to publish their poetry 10) Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 30.
Janice Mason Art Museum and Eldora’s Books, Etc. will partner to present “Poem in Your Pocket” Day, which is a nationwide event promoted by the Academy of American Poets. This year’s third national Poem in Your Pocket Day will be observed on Thursday, April 29.
The idea is simple: select a favorite poem (original or by another author), carry it with you on April 29th to share with family members, friends, and co-workers. Poems from pockets throughout the United States will be unfolded and shared during the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, bookstores and workplaces.
Residents in Trigg County who want to participate can bring your poem to share with other poetry lovers on April 29 to Eldora’s Books, Etc., 10 Marion St. from 4 – 5 p.m. All age groups are encouraged to participate. To learn more about this event or find numerous poems suitable for reading, go to http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406.
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets and has been observed every April since 1996. For further information contact Paula at JMAM 270-522-9056, Portia at Eldora’s Books, Etc. 270-522-1995, or www.poets.org.
This press release was submitted by Portia Ezell of Eldora’s Books, Etc.