By Scott Carlson
Bugle managing editor
With spring just around the corner, the Bugle is conducting its 13th annual poetry contest in conjunction with National Poetry Month in April.
In a world of constant flux and uncertainty, poetry offers the chance to quiet our souls, to pause and to reflect. Poetry gives us the chance to tap into our emotions and thoughts. Also, poetry can be just plain fun. It is whatever you want to make it.
Our contest, for high school age and older people, will have its usual cash prizes. The first-place winner will receive $50 and publication of their poem in our April issue of the Bugle. We will also publish the second- and third-place winning entries.
Here are our contest guidelines:
- We want to read poems that address transformation, change, transitions, metamorphosis and/or remodeling.
- Poems can take any form you choose.
- The words “transformation,” “change” and “metamorphosis” do not have to appear in your poem. Use them to draw inspiration and take your poem in any direction.
- The contest is limited to one entry per person. Deadline to receive entries is Monday, March 6.
- The contest is open to all Bugle readers, high school age and older. Current Bugle employees, Park Press board members and their families are not eligible to enter.
- Send poems to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In the subject line of your email, please put in the words “Poetry contest entry.” And please send all poems via email.
Poems will be judged anonymously by a local poet. So, sharpen those pencils, fire up your laptops or whatever tools you use to compose and let the poetry flow.