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County library to hold poetry contest

January 12, 2009

Washington County Free Library is calling all creative people in Washington County to wield their pens and enter a poem in the Washington County Poetry Contest beginning this month.

This is the 11th year for the event. Poems may be submitted to the library any time from Jan. 15 to March 31.

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

To enter your poem, you must live in Washington County. 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.

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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.

To help younger poets, poet Crystal Brown will lead a free poetry workshop at the library on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. for children in grades two to six.

Contest winners will be announced on Thursday, April 23 - the 445th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birthday.

Winning poems will be displayed at the library. A reception will be held to honor the poets by presenting them with a volume of poetry, and having them read their winning poems aloud. Poetry entries may be brought to the Washington County Free Library's Children's Department or sent 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.

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