Ligonier Valley Writers’ 27th annual Student Poetry Contest for poets in grades 4 through 12 is now open to submissions. Cash prizes will be awarded at all grade levels in different forms of poetry, from haiku to rhymed forms.
Contest rules and entry forms maybe found on here. Please forward the pdf to any students, teachers, parents, and reporters you know who may be interested. Homeschoolers are welcome. Help us celebrate the Student Poetry Contest's silver anniversary and the next generation of creativity in our region and give more students the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and winning prizes with their poems.
If you're a kid who likes to write, give it a try. You can win up to $20 for your poem . The deadline for submitting your writing is March 11. A tutorial on how to write a poem is posted at www.LVWonline.org.
The awards ceremony for the winners of the Student Poetry Contest will take place on Saturday, April 28, at Barnes & Noble (5155 Route 30, Greensburg) at 4:00 p.m.
Thirty cash awards will be handed out (first, second, and third prizes in each of nine categories, plus McGough Awards for three poems, the best of the best in each age group). Many students will read their winning poems aloud. They will also receive a booklet of all the winning poems. Last year there were more than 70 people in the audience cheering on LVW's student poets.
Tip for teachers: It may be wiser to fill out all your contact information on one entry form and make copies of it than to have each student fill out the school and teacher information in handwriting that may not be as legible as yours. When one of your students wins a prize, we want to be able to email or call you without any delays.
LVW will have a bookfair at B&N again during the awards, so please save some of the books you want to purchase for then. LVW will receive a percentage of what you spend, and proceeds will go toward supporting LVW's publications and programs.