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SCCC Poetry Deadline Nears, Coffeehouse Scheduled

KSCB News - April 14, 2016 8:00 am

Entry deadlines April 15 and 18

Liberal, Kans.— Still working on that poem? You’ve got a few more days to enter the poetry contest sponsored by the English Department at Seward County Community College. The postmark deadline is Friday, and the deadline for hand delivered and emailed entries is Monday, April 18.

The contest is open to area residents ages 14 and older and there is no entry fee. Winners will be awarded cash and prizes and will read their poems at the Poetry Coffee House on April 28 at SCCC/ATS.

The poetry contest features two categories. The open category is for anyone ages 14 through adult who lives in Seward County or a bordering county. The scholarship category is open to high school juniors and seniors in Kansas or in out-of-state counties bordering Seward.

Each contestant may submit up to three poems. Poems will be judged by noted poet R. S. Gwynn and winners will be announced at the April 28 Poetry Coffeehouse, which is open to the public.

Prizes in the open category are $25, a signed copy of Gwynn’s latest book and other prizes for first place; $15 and other prizes for second; and $10 and other prizes for third. In addition, the judge may select honorable mention recipients, who will receive certificates and be invited to read at the Poetry Coffee House.

In the scholarship category, first place will receive a $100 scholarship to SCCC/ATS, $25 in cash, a signed copy of Gwynn’s latest book and other prizes. Second place will be awarded a $100 scholarship, $15 in cash, and other prizes. Third prize is $15, plus other prizes.

The contest and Poetry Coffee House are being held in conjunction with National Poetry Month in April.

Entries will be judged on originality, quality, skillful use of language and poetic devices, and freedom from errors. Entries may be hand-delivered to SCCC/ATS, mailed, or emailed. An official entry form must accompany each submission. Complete rules and an entry form are available at the following link:

Rules and entry forms may also be picked up in the Humanities Office at SCCC/ATS.

The postmark deadline to enter is April 15. The deadline for emailed and hand-delivered entries is April 18.

Those interested in reading a sampling of Gwynn’s poetry may find it on the Poetry Foundation’s web site:

For more information, or to request an entry form and a complete list of the rules, contact Janice Northerns at 620-417-1456 or

[email protected] .

SCCC/ATS to host Poetry Coffeehouse April 28

Don’t miss this year’s Poetry Coffeehouse April 28 at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Winners of two poetry contests will be announced and will read their poetry. Gourmet coffees, finger foods, and live music will provide a relaxing atmosphere. The Coffee House/Poetry Reading is set for 7 p.m. April 28 in the music wing of the Shank Humanities Building on the main SCCC/ATS campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Terri Barnes at 620-417-1451.


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