The Washington County Free Library is accepting entries for its 11th annual Washington County Poetry Contest.
Poems may be submitted to the library anytime through Tuesday, March 31. Hand deliver your poem to the children's department or send entries to: Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, attention: poetry contest. Include on your typed or legibly written poem your name, address, telephone number and age division. The age divisions are: grades two and three; grades four and five; grades six through eight; grades nine through 12; and adult. Open to Washington County residents only.
Poems must be original work and may be in any style and no longer than one page in length. Poetry contest winners will be announced Thursday, April 23, which is 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. They will receive a volume of poetry and get to read their winning poems aloud. At the reception, 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. For information, call Jeff Ridgeway at 301-739-3250, ext. 132.