Submission Dates: May 1 through June 1 2008!
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Entries received before May 1 or postmarked after June 1 will be sent back or discarded.
Students must submit a poem in one of the following forms and with one of the following pieces of American artwork as their theme:
Category 1: Blank verse, 15-20 lines
Category 2: Blank verse, 20-25 lines
Category 3: Blank verse, 25-30 lines
We try to choose themes that will leave a lot of room for students’ imagination and interpretation, without us dictating the response.
Examine these pieces of art and see what poetic ideas they inspire. What does the artwork make you think of? What story might it tell? Then take it from there and be creative.
We hope that students will come up with many imaginative ideas to fit the theme. Our judges love it when a student comes up with something they had not thought of before.
Contest prizes and themes are determined based on the student’s age. If a student falls into Category 1 in age, then he or she must do the Category 1 theme and will be awarded Category 1 prizes. The same applies for categories 2 and 3.
Category 1: Homeschoolers ages 7 to 11 as of May 1, 2008.
For the purposes of this contest, an eligible student must have been home educated in the past year and received a majority of his or her education in the past year through home education.
Format and Submissions
Poems must be mailed to:
Entries must be postmarked on or before June 1, 2008. Only entries sent to the above address will qualify for the contest.
The check should be made payable to “HSLDA” with a note of “Poetry Contest” in the memo line. Please do not enclose cash.
Prizes for Each Category
Blank Verse: Entries in Category 1, 2, and 3 are to be a poem of 15-20, 20-25, and 25-30 lines of blank verse respectively. Blank verse is one of the most versatile poetic forms of the English language. It is simply unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter, and has been used by poets from Shakespeare to Frost. Pentameter means the line has five groupings of rhythmic syllables called feet. In this case the feet are iambic, which means that they are composed of a short syllable and then a long (or emphasized) syllable. So the line is composed of ten syllables and follows this pattern: short long / short long / short long / short long / short long. An example of a line of iambic pentameter is “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” from Tennyson’s Ulysses.
Some examples of blank verse are:
By submitting a poem you:
Home School Legal Defense Association is not responsible for any lost, damaged, misdirected, delayed, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, or postage-due entries or mail.
All profits from this contest will go to the Home School Foundation’s Special Needs Children Fund.
Please contact Contest Coordinator Cherise Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.