Poetry Contest Open to Area Adults and Students, Ages 14 and up
Joe Denoyer - March 8, 2017 3:22 pm
Liberal, Kans.— Entries are now being accepted in Seward County Community
College’s poetry contest, which is open to area residents ages 14 and older. Cash and other prizes will be awarded, and the winners will read their poems at the April 26 Poetry Coffee House and have the opportunity to meet contest judge Eric McHenry.
The open category contest is for anyone ages 14 through adult who lives in Seward County or a bordering county. The contest also features a scholarship category, open to high school juniors and seniors.
Each contestant may submit up to three poems, and there is no entry fee. Poems will be judged anonymously by McHenry, and winners will be announced at the April 26 Poetry Coffeehouse, which is free and open to the public.
Prizes in the open category are $25 in cash and other prizes for first place; $15 in cash and other prizes for second; and $10 in cash 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. The open category will also include a prize for best poem by a student from SCCC.
In the scholarship category, first place will receive a $100 scholarship to SCCC, $25 in cash, and other prizes. Second place will be awarded a $100 scholarship, $15 in cash, and other prizes. Third prize is $15 in cash, 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, mailed, or emailed. An official entry form must accompany each submission. Complete rules and an entry form are available at the following link:
At the link, click on Poetry Contest Rules. Rules and entry forms may also be picked up in the Humanities Office at SCCC.
The postmark deadline to enter is April 11. The deadline for emailed and hand-delivered entries is April 13.
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]