16th annual poetry contest for high schoolers underway

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Palm Beach Poetry Festival’s 16th Annual Poetry Contest for local high school students is currently underway.

Now, through Dec. 1, any Palm Beach County public or private high school student can submit one original poem (30 lines maximum) for consideration. Original poems should be submitted by email before midnight to PBPF1@aol.com. For contest rules, please visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

The winning poet will receive $200, and a pair of tickets to the Friday Night Poetry Reading on January 24 featuring 2018 NAACP Image Award Winner and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award recipient Patricia Smith, the Poetry Festival’s 2020 Poet-at-Large,

The four runner-up high school poets will each receive $100. All five winning teen poets will read their poems at the Festival’s Award Ceremony on Jan. 20  at 5 p.m., where they will have the opportunity of meeting and having their pictures taken with nearly a dozen of America’s most distinguished and award-winning poets.

In addition, the winning high school poets will each receive a one-year subscription to Poets and Writers Literary Journal, and their poems will be published online on the Festival’s official website.

The judge for the annual High School Poetry Contest will once again be Dr. Jeff Morgan of Lynn University’s Department of English in Boca Raton.