2013-04 YA Poetry Contest web slider mediumStudents in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in Huntington City-Township Public Library’s annual Young Adult Poetry Contest by entering their own original poem based on this year’s overall summer reading club theme, “Dig Into Reading!” or on the theme for the young adult division of summer reading club, “Beneath the Surface.”

Poems may be in any form of the poet’s choice, including haiku, limerick, ballad, and free verse, and must be the original work of the submitter.  Illustrations are optional but encouraged.  All submissions must be in good taste.  Poems will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Understanding of the concept of a poem
  • Creativity
  • Legibility
  • Originality
  • Adherence to contest rules

Poems may be written using the theme “Dig Into Reading!”, “Beneath the Surface”, or one of the following themes:

  • underground railroad
  • time capsules
  • lost civilizations
  • paleontology
  • catacombs
  • caves & tunnels
  • roots and growing things
  • archaeology
  • basements & cellars
  • the subway
  • under the earth’s crust
  • beneath your feet
  • dens & burrows
  • free choice

Entries must be received no later than Saturday, June 1, 2013, and can be submitted at either the Main Library or the Markle Branch Library. Prizes, provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library, will be awarded to the winning entries.  Young adults who submit an entry to the poetry contest are invited to read their poems at the Library’s Epeolatry Poetry Club meeting in June. Copies of submitted poems will be on display at the Library throughout the summer, and become the permanent property of Huntington City-Township Public Library. Contest rules and guidelines are available at both the Main Library and the Markle Branch Library, and on the library’s website at www.huntingtonpub.lib.in.us/2013/04/poetrycontest2013. The Main Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington; the Markle Branch is located at 197 E. Morse Street in Markle. For more information, contact the Library at 260-356-2900.

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