VFP Peace Poetry Contest call for submissions

Veterans for Peace Gainesville announces its 9th Annual Alachua County Peace Poetry Contest, where all students, grades K–12, are encouraged to submit one original poem focusing on the idea of peace and social justice.

The deadline for submitting a poem to the contest is April 6, 2018.

Last year, more than 240 students submitted poems, and the winners were invited to read their poems aloud at the Peace Poetry Reading, where they were presented with their awards. Two winners read their poems at the Veterans for Peace Winter Solstice Concert in December in front of more than 350 attendees.

A panel of local authors and poets will judge the poems based on creativity, content, and use of language. The winners will be published in the 2018 Peace Poetry Book and asked to recite their poems at the public Peace Poetry Reading in May at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Gainesville. Winners will also receive valuable gift certificates to a local bookstore.

If you or your student(s) want(s) to submit a poem to this year’s Peace Poetry Contest, the deadline for submissions is April 6, 2018. Poems can be submitted via email to vfppeacepoetrycontest@gmail.com or via mail to:

 VFP Peace Poetry Contest, 2115 NW 7th Lane, Gainesville, FL 32603

For more information, please email vfppeacepoetrycontest@gmail.com or call Sheila Payne at 831-334-0117. D

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