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Posted: June 24th, 2013
Poetry contest — tell the kids, they’ll flip their lids

PerryYour kid could be poet and not know it. And so can the rest of us!

A Perry 200-themed poetry contest is part of the new Erie Arts Fest, to be held at the Bayfront Convention Center July 12-14. Poems for the “Dear Oliver …” contest should give all of us an opportunity to tell Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, something we would love him to know. Deadline is July 5. For complete contest rules, click here.

I know kids could have a blast with this and learn something!

Poems must be 24 lines. There are no restrictions on form, meter, style, or convention, and entries are divided into age groups. The theme recalls Perry’s victory letter to General William Henry Harrison. Each entrant can submit two poems. There is no entry fee for this contest. Cash prizes range from $25 to $100.  Here are the categories:

Junior (up to age 13)        Senior (14-21)        Adult (age 21+)

1st                   $100                              $200                        $250

2nd                   $50                               $100                        $150

3rd                   $25                                $50                          $75

All winners will be invited to read their winning poems at a celebratory Poetry Reading on Saturday, July 13th at the Summer Festival of the Arts at the Bayfront Convention Center. You can email them to  perry200poetry-submission@yahoo.com

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

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