Poetry contest deadline nears!

Winning poems will be published in The Courier-Gazette
Jul 20, 2018
Source: File photo Sarah MacDonnell portrays Rockland-born poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in the play "Vincent" Sept. 8, 2017, at the Strand Theatre in Rockland during the first Millay Festival.

Rockland — The Rockland Public Library would like to remind the public to submit poems for the Annual Poetry Month Contest: Speak Out! by Aug. 1 at 5 p.m.

Mail submissions to Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., Rockland, ME 04841 or email to rocklandlibrary207@gmail.com. Emailed submissions must be time-stamped before 5 p.m. and the poem must be attached as a pdf or Word document. Full contest details below.

The theme this year is Speak Out!

Share what is happening in your world, from current events to hot-button issues, to world affairs, to what is exciting in your area. What incites your passion? You have a voice and the library wants to hear it!


Categories are as follows: Child 1, Pre-K to third grade; Child 2, fourth grade to seventh grade; Teen, grades eight to 12; Adult = Age 19 and older.

Entrants may creatively interpret the theme any way they like, but should not write outside the theme.

Limit entries to one per person. Poems may be submitted until Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Teens and Adults: Poems to be submitted have only the following guidelines: Line limit- approximately 40 lines (or what fits on one side of a single sheet of paper in 12 point font).

Two copies of the poem must be submitted, one with no identifying information and one with name, address, phone number, email (optional) on the back of the poem. Poems should be typed.

Child 1 and Child 2: Write a poem of any length (up to a single page). Accompanying art welcome, but not required.

Provide two copies, one with no name and one with name and home and school contact information. Poems in the categories of Child 1 and Child 2 need not be typed.

Note: Adults and teens may enter “a children’s poem,” i.e., a poem written for children, but it should be submitted in the adult category.

Submit poems by mail or in person to Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., Rockland, ME 04841, no later than Aug. 1. Write "Poetry Contest" and age category on the envelope. Emailed entries will be accepted at rocklandlibrary207@gmail.com; poems must be attached as a pdf or Word document and adhere to the above formatting guidelines.

By entering the Poetry Contest, entrants agree to allow the Rockland Public Library and/or Poetry Month Rockland to use and/or reproduce their poem (in part or whole), credited to author, for use in promotional material or as part of a collected work. Winners will be announced by Aug. 15 and will be published in The Courier-Gazette/VillageSoup.

Please note that while the contest is open to all, winners should be available to participate in a Millay Festival event (Sept. 7, 8, or 9) and a Rockland Library Poetry event (Sept. 27).

Prize packages will include tickets to the 2018 Millay Festival, subscriptions to The Courier-Gazette and more.

Contact Jessica Blanchard at the Rockland Public Library at 594-0310 or jblanchard@rocklandmaine.gov for further information.

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