Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Poetry and Flash Fiction Contest for Teens

The Library's teen advisory board, the Teen Think Tank, voted to continue the poetry contest for an 8th year with some changes. We have added a flash fiction option to the contest and moved up the contest deadline from the usual April 30th to an April 1 entry deadline. The TTT chose two themes this year from the themes that were suggested at last year's poetry reception. And, we have invited literary historian and playwright, Rob Velella to return as our reception speaker on Thursday, April 12th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM. This year he will appear as, and dramatically portray, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Mr. Velella specializes in American literature of the nineteenth century.

at the Hamilton-Wenham Library
Open to teens in grades 6 to 12, who are
residents of Essex County in Massachusetts.
Poem or story entry must be original work.
Flash fiction story must be 300 words or less.
Maximum of 3 entries per author may be entered.
THEME: outer space -or- unexplored territory 
Poems and stories must incorporate theme or have an associative metaphor such as: foreign, cosmic, unknown, remote, alien, etc.. 
Judges will deduct points from entries that do not incorporate one of the themes.
Each poem or story must have a title.
Entries due by midnight April 1, 2018.
An online form must be filled out for EACH entry (see link to entry form below).

Contest winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the
Contest Reception on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
You must be present at the Reception to win.

$ Cash prizes to be awarded $
All contest first and second place winners are required to read or recite their entry aloud at the Reception. Your entry will be disqualified if you are not present at the reception. Please do not submit a poem or story if you will not be able to attend the reception. Winning poems and stories will be published on the Library's Informed Teens blog and/or in local newspaper(s).

Click Here to Enter Your Poem or Story