Entry Deadline March 13 for Sandburg Poetry Competition

Aaron Frey, PR Specialist, 309.341.5301 afrey@sandburg.edu

GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College is seeking entries for the 26th annual Carl Sandburg College Poetry Competition. The contest is open to the general public, and poems will be judged in three categories: elementary, (1st-5th grade), intermediate (6th-12th grade) and adult.

Winners will be recognized at the Carl Sandburg College Poetry Awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. April 23 in the Student Center on the Main Campus in Galesburg, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., during the Carl Sandburg Festival, which will take place April 21-25.

Contest winners in each category will receive a first-, second- or third-place certificate. All category winners may read their compositions and receive gift donations from Sandburg at the awards ceremony. All winning poems will be published in a booklet that will be distributed at the ceremony.


Each contestant must live within 200 miles of Carl Sandburg College District 518.

Each contestant may enter one poem only.

The poem must be typed, in black ink, 12-point font, double-spaced, on 81Ž2-by-11-inch plain white paper, with the contestant's name, address, phone number and age category in the upper right-hand corner.

Poems must be original and previously unpublished.

Poems should not be more than two pages.

The poet should demonstrate wit, intelligence, imagination and the apt treatment of sound, image, concept and avoid vulgarities. Poems may be free verse or written in pre-established forms (sonnet, sestina, etc.).

While the poet will retain all rights of authorship, the poet will grant to Sandburg the right to publish any or all of the work, or use it for publicity purposes, without the payment of royalties or fees. Entries will not be returned.

All submissions must be received no later than March 13 at the following address: Carol Petersen, associate dean of humanities and fine arts, Carl Sandburg College, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg, Ill., 61401

For more information, contact Carol Petersen at 309.341.5416 or cpetersen@sandburg.edu.