Haiku on the Hudson Poetry Contest and Reading

As part of the Quadricentennial Celebration of the Hudson River, The Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson (JLWOH), in conjunction with the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center (HVWC), is sponsoring a poetry contest for children in grades 3-8.

The contest winners in the three grade categories will read their winning poems and receive a $50 prize at the Quadricentennial Arts Festival to be held at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow on June 6, 2009.

Contest Details:
To celebrate the Quadricentennial Anniversary of the Hudson River, the Haiku poems should reflect the beauty and majesty of the Hudson River.

Haiku poems are unrhymed, 3-line poems consisting of 5, 7 and 5 syllables per line respectively. Entries will be judged by the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. Poems will be judged in three categories: 3-4th, 5-6th and 7-8th grades with a prize of $50 awarded in each category.

Please mail entries to “Poetry Contest”, The Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson, 35 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. A collection box will also be at the store Whimsies Incognito at 35 South Broadway in Tarrytown or at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center at 300 Riverside Drive in Sleepy Hollow. Be sure to include the information below with your entry. Entries must be received by May 22nd.

Name, Address, Phone, School, Grade, and Parent’s Signature

Event Details:
The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center is coordinating reading by established authors as the centerpiece of the literary component of the Quadricentennial Arts Festival. The Haiku contest winners will read their poems and receive their awards as a lead-in to the reading by the established authors.

In addition to the reading, a tent will be set up at the park where the public can add their original poems about the Hudson River to a "poetry wall." The goal is to encourage people to express their love of the River through poetry. Volunteers from The Junior League will be on hand to oversee this portion of the event.

Encourage the young poets in your life to enter this exciting contest! For more information: “http://www.writerscenter.org” and “http://www.jlwoh.org”

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