• The Big Write Poetry Contest is open to all. • The contest begins Saturday, Jan. 23. All entries must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 12 to the Irving Public Library. • Entries will be judged by theme, originality, and how well it blends with the subject matter of this year’s NEA Big Read selection A Small Story About the Sky by Alberto Ríos. • All poetry submitted must be original, legible and suitable for publication. No licensed/copyrighted/trademarked work will be accepted. • Poems must be submitted in the space supplied on the opposite side of these guideline form. Additional pages may be attached. • Your poem becomes property of the Irving Public Library. It will not be returned to the author. • Each participant must sign the entry form granting the library permission to use name and poetry. The poems may be reproduced and published at the will of the library. If under the age of 18, participants must have entry forms signed by a parent/ guardian.
Winning poems will be selected in the following categories: Children (up to age 10) Teens (age 11 to age 16) Young Adults (age 17 to age 20) Adults (21 and up)
Winners will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the virtual author visit with special guest Alberto Ríos on Facebook and YouTube. Gift cards will be awarded to first ($100), second ($75), and third place ($50) winners in each category. All decisions are final.