Wednesday, December 29, 2010

For poets who know it

And those who are still thinking about it
NEW HAVEN -  The New Haven Free Public Library has put out a call for entries to its 3rd Anual 2011 Poetry Contest.
The theme this year is "New Haven + promises" and poems will be judged on original and creative use of theme, the statement said.
"Winning poems will be selected by two separate panels of judges. The Patrons of the Library will offer $100 cash prizes for winners in each age category, and $25 for the People's Choice winner," the statement said.

2011 Contest guidelines

· Individuals who live, work or attend school in New Haven are eligible· Limit one poem per person · Poems may not exceed 25 lines
 · Poems must be submitted in 12 point type, double spaced, one column
· Entry must include separate page with poet’s name, address, age category (youth [ages 10-17], adult [ages 18-49]), elder [ages 50+]), phone number and/or email
· Failure to follow guidelines will result in disqualification of entry

Contest opens Feb. 1 and all submissions must be received by Mar. 1, 2011. Poems may be dropped off at any New Haven Free Public Library branch (locations are here or emailed to Poems will not be returned, so keep copies, the statement said.

Finalists in each age category will be invited to read their poems and winners will be announced at a Poetry Contest Winners Reception at the Main (Ives) Library on April 16.
The People's Choice winner will be selected at the reception.

For more information visit or call 203-946-8835

In photo: Fred Wallace was the adult winner and Paula Panzarella was the People’s Choice winner in the 2010 New Haven Free Public Library’s annual Poetry Contest last year. (Melanie Stengel/Register)

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