To help celebrate National Poetry Month in April and in commemoration of “Viva 500,” the state of Florida’s 500th anniversary, the Miami-Dade Public Library System is inviting teens, ages 12-19, to pick up a pen and participate in its annual National Poetry Month Contest.
The contest starts on Apr. 1 and runs through Apr. 30. Poems must be 20 lines or less and should reflect the theme: Florida’s Unique Place in American History. The poem can be about people, places or culture and must be the original work of the participant. Entries may be typed or written — double spaced — and attached to an official entry form. Entry forms are available at any Miami-Dade Branch Library.
Poems will be judged on originality, artistic quality and emotional impact. Awards will be presented in two categories: Ages 12-15 and Ages 16-19. First place finishers will receive a Kindle Paperwhite, and second place will receive a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com.
For information, call 305-375-BOOK (2665) or visit online at www.mdpls.org