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January - March 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 1
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Viva Libros Poetry Contest

Scott Amey

The Viva Libros! Poetry Contest is being held as part of the 2013 Lake County BookFest. Entries are being accepted now until February 8th. Special guest judge will be Pulitzer Prize nominee Vivian Shipley. She has published five chapbooks and nine books of poetry and is a two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, the Library of Congress’s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community, the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize, the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California, the Marble Faun Poetry Prize from the William Faulkner Society, the Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club, the Hart Crane Prize from Kent State, the Connecticut Press Club Prize for Best Creative Writing, and the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award.

The Poetry Contest is for ages 18 and up. There is a limit of 3 entries per person. Qualifying Entries Should Be…

  •  On Any Topic
  •  Any Style of Writing
  • Typed, double spaced on 8 ½ x 11” paper.
  • Submitted as a hard copy
  • Deadline for entries is February 8th, 2013.

18 winners will be selected. These poets will be invited to attend a special private workshop with Ms. Shipley on Thursday, March 14th in the W.T. Bland Public Library from 10 a.m. until noon. At 1 p.m. The winners will be invited to read to the public in an event hosted by Vivian Shipley, Darlin’ Neal and Ryan Van Cleave. The winning poems will also be published on the Lake County Library System website Writers’ Page. 

Winners will be notified by phone or email and all poets are welcome to our Authors Reception on Friday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the W.T. Bland Public Library.

For more information contact: Scott N. Amey
East Lake County Library
(352) 383-9980