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NYPL Launches National Poetry Contest on Twitter

As part the library’s efforts to raise awareness about poetry leading up to National Poetry Month in April, NYPL is encouraging aspiring poets to “follow NYPL on Twitter, and submit three poetic Tweets in English as public posts on your Twitter stream between March 1 and 10, 2013.”

via NYPL Launches National Poetry Contest on Twitter.


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NaNoWriMo in the library

National Novel Writing Month, more commonly referred to as NaNoWriMo, is under way. Have you considered inviting participating writers into your library for an “open swim” writing event? The official website offers a publicity kit for the price of shipping but you could always create your own promotional materials as well.

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Press Release: Third Annual Found Poem Student Contest (New York Times)

A while back, I wrote about the practice of erasure poetry. Now you have a chance to put your skills to use! Through April 16th, The New York Times is accepting entries for their third annual Found Poem contest from persons aged 13 – 25. Rules follow.

The rules:

  1. Each poem must be 14 or fewer lines long.
  2. You may give it your own original title if you like.
  3. The poem itself should use no more than two of your own words. The rest of the words and phrases should come from some article or articles published in The New York Times, past or present. (Note: We check. People have been disqualified for not adhering to this rule.)
  4. You might choose to write in a traditional poetic form, or not.
  5. Remember that in a poem, every word, line break and mark of punctuation carries meaning, so have fun experimenting with repetition of words, alliteration, assonance or anything else that enhances what you’d like to say. (Note: Our commenting system doesn’t recognize fancy spacing, so using words to create interesting shapes is unfortunately not an option.)
  6. Please, only one poem per person.
  7. You must be between 13 and 25 years of age.
  8. Don’t include your last name because our privacy rules still apply, but you must give us your first name, your age and your hometown.
  9. At the bottom of your found-poem post, please provide us with the URL(s), or Web address(es), of the article(s) you used. To find a URL for an article, just copy and paste what comes up at the top of the page in your browser. So, for example, this post’s URL is http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/our-third-annual-new-york-times-found-poem-student-contest/, while the URL for the film review of the first “Hunger Games” movie is http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/movies/the-hunger-games-movie-adapts-the-suzanne-collins-novel.html.

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Programming Idea: Winter Book Bundles (Tualatin (OR) Library)

I’m currently in Oregon, spending time with my parents over the holidays. I liked this teen programming idea from their local library (the lovely remodeled Tualatin Public Library in Washington County) and wanted to share it with you.

The Tualatin librarians grouped books together in threes by theme (What’s in a name? Old books with a new twist; sports; fantasy) and attached a tag with space for the books’ titles and a starred rating. Teens who return a completed tag are eligible for prizes.

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Isn’t that a fun idea? A nice scaled back version of the traditional summer reading program that still takes advantage of the “free time” encountered during the winter break to stimulate interest in the library (and maybe in a new genre of books). I imagine this format could be used for picture books and books for younger children too (with the expectation that the parents would help with the evaluation).

Happy holidays everyone.

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Oregon Poetry Association 2012 Student Contest

Teachers and K-12 students in Oregon will want to take note of the Oregon Poetry Association’s 2012 Student Contest. Entries will be accepted between November 1, 2011 – February 1, 2012.

Full details below:

Four Divisions:

I: Kindergarten—Grade 2

II: Grade 3—Grade 5

III: Grade 6— Grade 8

IV: Grade 9—Grade 12

Oregon Student Contest Prizes

There are ten awards in each of the four categories:

            First Place: $30

            Second Place: $20

            Third Place: $10

            Seven Honorable Mentions: $5


Each of the 40 winners will receive a certificate and a copy of Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology, in which all 40 winning poems will be published.


The top 10 poems (3 winners and all Honorable Mentions) in Divisions III and IV will be entered into the 2012 Manningham Trust Student Contest by the OPA Student Contest Chair. This nationwide contest, sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, also awards cash prizes and publication.


There are two divisions in the Manningham Trust Student Contest: Junior, Grades 6-8, and Senior, Grades 9-12. Prizes will be awarded to the top ten poems in each division:

1st prize: $75

2nd prize: $50

3rd prize: $40

4th prize: $35

Five Honorable Mentions: $10

Winners also receive a copy of the Manningham Trust Student Contest Winners book containing the winning poems.


Oregon Student Contest Rules

  1. Submit one original poem (your own individual creative work) on any subject, in any style or form, with a maximum of 40 lines (spaces between stanzas count as lines). A poem is eligible even if it has been published, or has won in another contest. The poem must be titled, except for haiku, senryu, or limerick.
  2. Type or computer-generate your poem on a single sheet of standard 8 1/2 X 11 white paper, one side only, in a standard type face; no fancy fonts, graphics, or illustrations.
  3. Send two copies of your poem. ON THE FIRST COPY, in the upper right hand corner, type your category (I, II, III, or IV) and grade level, name, school, school address and phone number, and the name (first and last)of your writing teacher. Also on this copy,type, and sign the following statement: This poem is my own original creative work and has not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other author’s work, including poems posted on the Internet. ON THE SECOND COPY, type the category and grade level only—check to make sure your name does not appear anywhere on this copy.
  4. Mail to: OPA Student Contest, P.O. Box 1016, Klamath Falls, OR 97601-1016. The deadline is February 1, 2012 (postmark).


2012 Oregon Student Poetry Contest Checklist

  • The one poem you are submitting is your own original work
  • Your poem has no more than 40 lines; spaces between stanzas count as lines
  • Your poem is typed or computer-generated on one sheet on standard 8.5×11 white paper
  • Your poem appears on one side of the paper only
  • Your poem is in a standard type face and sized 12 font
  • You are sending two copies of your poem
  • [One copy has your poem and, in the upper right corner, the Division (I, II, III, or IV), your grade, your name, your school, your school’s address and phone, and your teacher’s first and last name
  • On the second copy of your poem, in the upper right corner, you have typed only the Division (I, II, III, or IV) and your grade
  • You have made sure that your name does not appear anywhere on the second copy of your poem
  • (Optional) You have enclosed a stamped, self-addressed envelope to receive the Winner’s List

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