The first New York State "Poetry Unites" contest for the best short essay about a favorite poem is open to all New York state residents.
Participants are asked to write no more than 600 words about their favorite poem, who wrote it, when they read it for the first time, and why the poem is important to them. Please provide information about yourself: what does your day look like, what are your dreams, what do you expect from life? The selected poem should be by a published poet. The jury, headed by New York State Poet Marie Howe, will select four winners and each of their essays will be awarded a Certificate of Merit. The winners will each be featured in short film profiles, which will be posted on Poets.org, the State Library website, and may be broadcast by public television.
These winners will receive invitations to a celebratory film screening in New York City in October.
Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 15.
Contest winners will be announced at the beginning of May on Poets.org, and production of films of the four winners will commence.
For additional information, contact Ewa Zadrzynska at email@example.com.