LIGONIER — Ligonier Valley Writers 23rd annual Student Poetry Contest for poets in grades four through 12 is now open to submissions. Cash prizes will be awarded at all grade levels in different forms of poetry, from haiku to rhymed forms. A second contest is open to adults.
Students, teachers, and parents can get entry forms and guidelines by visiting www.LVWonline.org or contacting LVW publicity director Judith Gallagher at jgallagher@LVWonline.org or (724) 593-7294. A tutorial on how to write a poem is posted on the website. Home-schoolers are welcome.
If you’re a student who likes to write, give it a try. You can win up to $20 for your poem. The deadline for submitting your writing is March 11.
The awards ceremony for the winners of the Student Poetry Contest will take place at 4 p.m. April 26 at Barnes & Noble, 1099 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. Thirty cash awards will be handed out (first, second and third prizes in each of nine categories, plus McGough Awards for three poems, the best in each age group). Many students will read their winning poems aloud. They will also receive a booklet of all the winning poems.
Help celebrate the next generation of creativity in our region by supporting these talented young people. If you are a teacher or you know any teachers, please pass on the information about the contest to them to give more students the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and win prizes with their poems.
Creative adults can also submit a poem, essay, short story, or artwork beginning Feb. 1 and ending May 1 for publication in The Loyalhanna Review. The deadline for submissions to the Flash Fiction Contest is Aug. 15. If you’ve published a book, you can sell it at the Ligonier Valley Writers’ Conference on July 26 if you’re an LVW member.
LVW is an all-volunteer nonprofit group serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania. It publishes The Loyalhanna Review and offers events throughout the year, including the summer conference, the flash fiction contest, and writing workshops. For more about LVW programs, publications and writing contests, visit www.LVWonline.org.
For thoughts on writing and some great recommendations of writers you’ll enjoy, visit LVW’s blog, maintained by Jim Busch, at http://ligoniervalleywriters.blogspot.com.