Annual Poetry Contest Announcement

January 24, 2017
Post: Annual Poetry Contest Announcement


Greetings fellow Literacy friends,

We are very pleased to be announcing our 1st Annual Poetry Contest! Adult Literacy Providers throughout the state are encouraged to help us find the

The recipient of this award will be honored with:

  • Indiana State Library Membership Card
  • Press release to local newspaper in award recipient’s area
  • Overnight stay at French Lick Springs Resort, French Lick, IN, on Wednesday, 4/26/2017
  • Recognized as a special guest during the Indiana Association of Adult and Continuing Education State Conference luncheon, where the award winner will be a featured presenter, and read the winning poem(s)
  • A plaque commemorating the honor of being named the ILA’s 2017 Poet Laureate

Eligibility: The Indiana Literacy Association’s Poet Laureate Contest is open to all adults who receive any education services from any of the ILA’s member literacy agencies during the defined contest period.

Contest Dates: Poetry can be submitted from January 27, 2017-March 15, 2017.

Selection: Poems will be judged by current Board Members of the ILA.

Decisions: The ILA Board Members will serve as the panel of judges. All poetry submissions will be reviewed. A winner will be selected during the regular ILA Board Meeting in March 2017. All decisions made by the ILA Board Members will be final.

Fees: There are no entry fees for this contest. The selected winner will be responsible for personal transportation to the IAACE Conference on 4/27/2017. Hotel accommodations for one night (4/26/17) will be provided by the ILA.

Copyrights: The author retains all copyrights to the submitted poem(s). Winning poems will appear on the ILA website, with copyright notice intact. By entering this contest, you consent to the publication of your poem, if it is selected as a winning entry, on the ILA website.

Notification: Winners will be announced by March 31, 2017.

Privacy Policy: The ILA collects personal information for the purpose of notifying the contest winner. All information is kept in confidence and used solely for notification purposes. Only the winner’s name will be made public, through the press release.

Rules: Submitted poems can include any theme and address any topic. Suggestions for themes include, but are not limited to:

A Day I’ll Always Remember, Autobiographical/Live Experience, Beauty, Change, Courage​, Faith, Family, Forgiveness, Freedom, Happiness, Imagination, Inspirational Theme, My Hero, Music, Opportunity, Overcoming Adversity, Personal Story, Purpose of Life, Regret, Someone I Love, The United States of America, What Literacy Means to Me

To submit your contest entries, download the pdf form below and submit via email to

Download File: poetry_contest_2017

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