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Poetry contest looking for entrants

Johnson City Press • Sep 9, 2019 at 12:00 AM

The Poetry Society of Tennessee — Northeast Chapter is looking for high school students and adults to submit their best, original poems for a poetry contest co-sponsored by the Sesquicentennial Commission.

“The Sesquicentennial celebration has served as an opportunity to reflect on Johnson City’s history, its progress and the many reasons people call it home,” said chapter President Rose Klix. “We believe poetry is a fantastic method of capturing the feelings these reflections evoke.”

Entries must be original, unpublished works by one poet, and cannot have previously won another contest. Poets can only make one submission, which will be judged blindly. There is no entry fee, and all poems should be about Johnson City in some way.

Student submissions must be in the form of an acrostic poem using either the letters in Johnson City or those in Sesquicentennial. Submissions in the adult category may be in any form with a maximum of 30 lines. Full contest rules and entry requirements can be found on at www.jctn150.com.

First, second and third place winners will receive $25, $15 and $10, respectively, with up to seven other honorable mentions in each category.

Winners will be notified by mail, and winning poets’ names and poem title will be posted on the Facebook page of Poetry Society of Tennessee — Northeast Chapter (@poetrysocietytnne) as well as the Johnson City Sesquicentennial Celebration (@JCTN150).

Winning poems will be included in the 2019 Sesquicentennial Time Capsule. Authors will also be invited to read their submissions at a recognition ceremony in November.

For complete entry information or to learn more about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visitwww.jctn150.com or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 — Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook.

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