GREENBURGH’S 41st ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST
OFFICIAL GUIDELINES


The Greenburgh Arts & Culture Committee announces its 41st annual poetry contest. Judging will be by a panel of recognized poets and community representatives. Judges’ decisions are final. There are three categories of winners: Juveniles (6-12 years old); Students (13-18 years old) and Adults (over 18). In Juvenile category, first prize is $50, second prize is $25, and third prize is $15. In Student and Adult categories, the first place winners will receive $100, the second place winners will receive $50, and the third place winners will receive $25. Poems by the top 10% of entrants who reach finalists' status will be published in the 2011 contest anthology, Let the Poets Speak. Awards will be announced May 20th, 2012 at Greenburgh Town Hall. All entrants will be notified of program details via email.

RULES FOR ENTRIES

1. Submissions are NOT limited to Greenburgh residents. Any NY State resident can enter.

2. Fees: $7 PER PERSON entry fee covers a maximum of two poems. (Make checks payable to:
Arts & Culture Committee)

3. Entries must be ORIGINAL. They may be on any subject, but must not exceed 50 lines.

4. 1st place winners of previous contests are not eligible to enter in the same age category.

5. Poems previously awarded prizes or included in a contest anthology are NOT eligible.

6. All poems must be typewritten, or word-processed with letter quality printing, on white
paper. Poems of more than one page should be stapled together.

7. Each poet may submit no more than two poems. (Submit three copies of each poem.)
Please submit only ONE entry form, and ONE check.

8. Each submission must include a completed entry form and THREE copies of each poem.
Photo-copies of poems are acceptable.

9. DO NOT write your name on any poems. Place your five digit personal identification number
(choose any combination you like) in the upper left corner of the first page. Do not staple
the entry form or check to any poem.

10. No entries will be returned. The Greenburgh Arts and Culture Committee assumes no
liability for entries lost in the mail. Non-winning entries will be destroyed following
announcement of winners. A list of winners and finalists will be sent to each entrant.

11. Contest entries must be submitted between January 1st and March 15th, 2012. All entries
must be postmarked no later than midnight March 15th, 2012. Any entry which fails to
conform to the above rules, or misses the deadline will not be included in the competition.

12. Finalists and winners will be requested to submit an electronic copy of their poems to
contest administrator.

13. Submit entry form and fee to: Greenburgh Poetry Contest
Arts and Culture Committee,
177 Hillside Avenue
Greenburgh, NY 10607

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Greenburgh’s 41st Annual Poetry Contest
(This form may be reproduced)

Please PRINT the following information

1. Your name:

2. Your age (if under 19)

3. Personal identification number:
(any five digit/letter combination you like)

4. Street address: __________________________________________________ ____


5. City, state & zip code) _________________________________________________

6. Telephone number ( )

7. Email address:
(Please print clearly)

8. Entry category: (circle one) ADULT STUDENT (13-18) JUVENILE (6-10) JUVENILE (11&12)


9. Title of poem, # of lines: 1)

2)

10. Entry fee check # ____________

11. In the space below, write a 30-word (maximum) self-description.






By your signature, you attest that the enclosed poetry is your original work and meets all rules for entry in this
contest. If your poem reaches finalist status, you agree to submit an electronic copy and will allow its publication
in the 2012 anthology, Let the Poets Speak.


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