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Bucks County Community College hosting 35th annual high school poetry contest

The deadline to apply is March 11


Bucks County Community College is calling on creative young people to enter the 35th annual Bucks County High School Poet of the Year contest for the chance to win $300.

Students have until Friday, March 11 to submit three original poems. The contest is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who live in Bucks County or attend a Bucks County high school. Home-schooled students may also enter. Previous winners are not eligible.

In addition to the prize money, the winner receives a proclamation from the Bucks County Commissioners and the opportunity to read at a public reception. Runners-up and finalists in the contest will also be invited to read at the event.

“Entering the High School Poet of the Year contest may give students a chance to discover and develop a talent they may not have realized they had,” said Dr. Ethel Rackin, director of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program, which runs the contest, and a language and literature professor at Bucks.

Rackin added that participating in the public poetry reading may help a student stand out in the college search.

“Mentioning the contest, public reading and anthology on college applications will demonstrate initiative, writing skills and public speaking experience,” she said. “Clearly, there’s a lot to gain from entering this contest.”

Each participant must submit three original poems with an application form at bucksedu.wufoo.com/forms/high-school-poet-of-the-year-entry/. The contest will be judged by the current Bucks County Poet Laureate Nicole Steinberg and the former poet laureate Jane Edna Mohler. Email ethel.rackin@bucks.edu with any questions.

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