Calling poets of all ages! Poetry contest for YOU!

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14th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

The 14th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month. The theme for this year’s contest is “The Magic of ‘If . . .’ Through the Power of Poetry.” There are five new categories: “If I Could See The Future,” “If I Could Travel Back In Time,” “If I Had A Robot That Knew Everything,” “If I Believed Anything Was Possible,” “If Money Grew On Trees.”  Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

Entry Forms and Contest Rules are available in the rack next to the Front Desk at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges and can be downloaded from the following website: www.libraryatlincoln.org   under “NEWS.”

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 21, 2018. Early submissions are appreciated. If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at slolowe@icloud.com for assistance.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the Voices of Lincoln Special Event to be held from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

1. POETS WANTED!  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected in each contest category.

2. The five (5) contest categories include the following: If I Could See The Future, If I Could Travel Back In Time, If I Had A
Robot That Knew Everything, If I Believed Anything Was Possible, If Money Grew On Trees.
3. Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from
each.
4. Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku, or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.
5. Poems should be written in English. They should be typewritten and not centered (read left to right). Please use the Arial font
12-point. The title should be listed at the top of the poem and the category should be included at the top right corner of the
poem page. The name of the poet should not be indicated on the poem.
6. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets”
category. Young poets should follow the same rules as noted above. However, they should include their age, grade, and
school on the Entry Form.
7. All poems must be submitted on hard copy to the address listed on the Entry Form below and must be received no later than
Saturday, July 21, 2018.
8. Early submissions are appreciated. A separate Entry Form should be attached to the hard copy of each poem submitted.
Duplication of the form is permitted. Questions—contact Alan Lowe at slolowe@icloud.com
9. The top three winners in each category will be contacted by phone. Winners will be asked to submit their poems
electronically, by email attachment. Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the Voices of Lincoln
event to be held from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges (Willow Room), 485 Twelve Bridges Drive,
Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.
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