14th Annual Poetry Contest Underway

Each year more than 200 poems are entered in the Upper Eastern Shore’s Regional Poetry contest.  Now in its 14th year, the contest invites both experienced and beginning writers to submit entries to this exciting annual event which is presented by the Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot County Arts Councils.

Cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 dollars are awarded for first, second, and third place in each of four categories: children / youth (grades 1-8), students (grades 9-12), adults (ages 18-59) and seniors (ages 60+).  In addition to the cash awards, winners enjoy a public reception where they can recite their winning poems.

This event is unique to the area and offers an excellent opportunity for aspiring and accomplished poets to have their work judged by working writers and to read to an audience. Teachers are encouraged to incorporate the contest into classroom studies and to submit student work for the contest.

Entrants must be residents, students, or employees in the participating counties.  They may not submit previously published or award winning poems.  Staff members of the participating arts councils are not eligible.  Winners will be notified no later than the second week of April. Full details and rules are available with each entry form.

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2010.  Deliver entry forms with poems to the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council by February 28 or send with postmark by March 1. An entry form is required for contest consideration.  Entry forms are available through the participating local Arts Councils: Caroline 410-479-1009, Cecil 410-392-5740, Kent 410-778-3831, Queen Anne’s 410-758-2520, and Talbot 410-310-9812.

The Center for the Arts classes are designed to renew existing artistic interests, and to develop new skills. Registration materials are available at 206 South Commerce St. in Centreville, MD Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm, or by calling 410.758.2520, online, www.arts4u.info, or request via email at exhibit@arts4u.info.  The Centre receives support through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding and sustaining the arts.  Visit us on the web at www.arts4u.info.