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Groesbeck Journal to hold Poetry Contest for National Poetry Month


National Poetry Month takes place every April. It is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets participating, marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

While we celebrate poets and poetry year-round, we want to do a remind everyone of the purpose of National Poetry Month.

The goal is to:

• highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets,

• encourage the reading of poems,

• assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,

• increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,

• encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and

• encourage support for poets and poetry.

Going along with National Poetry Month, the Groesbeck Journal is CALLING ALL POETS!

We encourage you to submit your poetry to us in our poetry contest!


• Entries are divided between two categories- Youth and Adult. The Youth category is for participants aged 8-17, and the Adult category is for participants aged 18 and up.

• Participants may submit no more than 3 poems.

• Poetry can be written in any poetic style (sonnet, limerick, concrete, free verse, whatever you like) and on any subject (no swearing or foul language).

• A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the contest.

• All poems must be written in English.

• Must be submitted by April 30.

• Official entry forms may be accessed via the Groesbeck Journal Facebook Page the office of the Groesbeck Journal or our website, www.groesbeckjournal.com

Poems will be scored by a panel of local judges, and author names will be redacted to ensure a fair, unbiased decision.

The winning poems for each category will be published in May issues of the Groesbeck Journal.

Submit your poetry to news@groesbeckjournal.com or P.O. Box 440, Groesbeck, or you may stop by the Journal office at 115 N. Ellis.

Download and Print the entry form and rules here: https://adobe.ly/2VQz8nH

Groesbeck Journal

P.O. Box 440
Groesbeck, TX 76642
Phone: 254-729-5103
Fax: 254-729-0362