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Are you a poet and don't know it?

Washington County library holding poetry contest for children and adults

Washington County library holding poetry contest for children and adults

January 08, 2008

Washington County Free Library is sponsoring its 10th annual Washington County Poetry Contest beginning this month.

Poems may be submitted to the library anytime from Jan. 15 through March 31.

There will be two winning entries and an honorable mention for each of five age divisions in the contest. The age divisions are as follows: Children in grades two and three, grades four and five, grades six to eight, grades nine to 12 and adult.

To enter a poem in the contest, you must live in Washington County. Only one submission per person is allowed. Poems must be original work and may be on any topic. Poems may be in any style and must be no longer than one page in length.

The poem must be either typed or legibly printed with the author's name, age division, address and telephone number attached.

A book of poetry will be awarded for the first- and second-place winning entries in each division, with honorable mention certificates awarded for third place.

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In conjunction with the contest, local poet Crystal Brown will lead a poetry workshop at the library on Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. for children in grades two to six.

Poetry contest winners will be announced April 23 - the 444th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.

The winning entries will be displayed at the library.

There will be a reception held in May to honor the poets, to present them with a volume of poetry and to give them a chance to read their winning poems aloud. You may bring your entries to the Washington County Free Library's Children's Department or submit them to the library by mail.

Entries may be submitted to: Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 Attn: Poetry Contest.

For further information, contact Jeff Ridgeway at the library at 301-739-3250, ext. 132.

The community is full of talented and creative people. The library staff hopes that the poets in the community - both young and old - will take up their pens and send in a poem.

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