High School Students Can Enter Palm Beach Poetry Festival Submissions


Staff report

The 14th Annual Poetry Contest is accepting submissions from local high school students.

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival announced the annual contest in partnership with Old School Square.

High school poets can submit one original poem (30 lines maximum) for consideration. Original poems should be submitted by email before midnight on Dec. 1 to: PBPF1@aol.com. For contest rules, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

The winning poet will receive $200, and the four runner-up high school poets will each receive $100. In addition, all five winners will receive a pair of tickets to the Poetry Festival’s Sizzling Spoken Word event at Old School Square’s Crest Theater on Friday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. This performance event will feature National Award winning Slam Poets Elizabeth Acevedo and G. Yamazawa.

The five winning high school poets will read their poems at the Festival’s Award Ceremony on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at 4 p.m., where they will have the opportunity of meeting and having their pictures taken with 11 of America’s most distinguished and award-winning poets.

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.

The 14th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held Jan. 15-20 at Old School Square. The Festival features top poets at numerous ticketed public events, including readings, talks, interviews, panel discussions and more. Nine workshops will be offered for which applications are required.

Special Guest Poet will be Coleman Barks, a major poet and the world’s leading expert on 13th century poet Rumi, the founder of Sufism.

For more information about the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.