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Poet's Seat Poetry Contest deadline is March 10

GREENFIELD—The Friends of the Greenfield Public Libary are seeking poems for the 23rd annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, which is open to all Franklin County residents and students. Submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 10.

This contest has been sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library annually since 1991. The competition is held in honor of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman who lived in Greenfield from 1847 until his death in 1873 and was considered by his contemporaries — Emerson, Thoreau, and Tennyson — to be a gifted poet.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, he shunned law in favor of botany and writing poetry. Although he never achieved wide public acclaim, his poems are often included in anthologies of noted American poets.

Awards will be given in three categories: first, second, and third place in the adult division and the four top poems in the youth division — age 12 to 18 (divided into 12 to 14 and 15 to 18 for judging).

An awards ceremony and poetry reading will take place April 29, at 7 p.m., in the Capen room at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, in honor of National Poetry Month.

The adult first prize winner will receive stewardship of the Poet’s Seat chair, with their name on a plaque listing all the previous winners, as well as a handcrafted Poet’s Platter, a gift certificate to a local bookstore and a night at the Poetry Ridge Bed and Breakfast. All other winners will receive a handcrafted Poet’s mug along with a gift certificate to a local bookstore.

Here are the submission rules:

Number pages of multi-page poems. Indicate “Adult” or “Young Poet.” Young Poets should write their age on the front of the sheet where the poem appears, lower right-hand corner, circled. No identifying information on front of sheet and no staples.

All poets, on reverse side of poem write name of poet, address, telephone number and email address. Poems will not be returned. Submit on white paper, printed clearly in ink or typed in plain typeface. Include SASE for notification of receipt of entry; otherwise notification will be via email.

Only unpublished poems may be submitted. Previous first-place winners may not submit poems. Entries must be received by March 10. Mail to Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301. For more information, contact Hope Schneider at 772-0257 or Cynthia Snow at 625-0105.

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