Library to host public poetry contest

By: Staff report

ELIZABETHTOWN — After some public urging, the Elizabethtown Public Library will host a poetry contest on Thursday, July 28.

“I was approached by a patron who hoped the library would hold a poetry contest,” said Kelsey Edwards, library director. “After doing some research and find out that others were interested in participating, I began to plan it.”

The contest, which will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will also offer the chance for poetry lovers to come and hear the contest entries being read.

Edwards said the contest will be divided into three divisions — children, teens and adults — and each first-place winner will be awarded a prize. She added that the poetry cannot contain any profanity or explicit material and each individual will need to bring an original poem to read for the audience. The poetry reading must not exceed 3 minutes.

Prizes will include an autographed copy of the children’s book “The Luckiest Leaf,” authored by Bladen Journal GM/editor W. Curt Vincent, as well as $50 gift certificates for Magnolia & Vine and “31.”

Edwards said local judges have already been secured.

“Our judges will be a high-school English teacher, a library staff member and a poet/journalist from the community,” she said.

Registration will be at the door on the evening of the contest.

For questions or information, call 910-862-6994.

Staff report