In October 2010 the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) sponsored its first poetry writing contest, Richmond Writes!, in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, which takes place each October. Following up on the great success of the initial citywide contest, RACC held a second contest in October 2011, the themes of which were aligned with the Iron Triangle Legacy Project. Close to 200 students submitted over 300 poems in an inspiring display of their talents as writers.
Today we are proud to announce the 2015 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “Poetry in Motion.” Submissions of short poetry forms are welcome. For details, please read below.
All poetry contest submissions must be received at the RACC office before 5:00 p.m. on February 6, 2015. The office is located at 440 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor, Richmond, CA 94804. Electronic submissions are also welcome. Submit them by midnight of February 6, 2015 to email@example.com.
Eligible students are those attending any schools in Richmond, whether public or private. Home-schooled students, and students who reside in Richmond but attend schools outside of the city limits, are also eligible. A special competition category has been created for students in LEAP (Literacy is for Every Adult Program).
HOW DOES IT WORK?
All short poems submitted by eligible students will be judged for originality, writing skills, and understanding of the chosen subject. Submission deadline is February 6th. Judges will pick three finalists for each category (elementary, middle school, high school, and LEAP). All participants will receive certificates of recognition, as well as a chapbook containing all submissions, and finalists will be honored by the Mayor at a celebration honoring their efforts during National Poetry Month in April 2015.
THE 2015 THEME – Poetry in Motion
Students are invited to write about “Poetry in Motion.” Some possible topics include:
- What do you see that moves around you?
- What happens when people or things move together?
- How does it feel when your body is in motion?
- How do you feel when you stop moving?
Short poems of any form will be accepted. However, we find that haiku is a short-form poetry accessible and appealing to students of all ages; the majority of the 2010 Richmond Writes! entries were haiku. Haiku poetry is a lyrical form of unrhymed short poetry originating from Japan that consists of variable syllables, arranged in three lines, open to different arrangements of syllables in those lines. Because of its brevity, its flexibility, and its ability to express much and suggest more in the fewest possible words, haiku provides beginner as well as advanced writers with quickly satisfying results.
This year, our expanded category of short poetry will allow a variety of poetry works submitted on a single page to be judged. (Normal 12 font with lines skipped for easy copy is expected.) This category is intended for LEAP entries and High School Entries.
BACKGROUND OF 2015 THEME
The 2015 theme for this competition is called Poetry in Motion. The world is in motion — always moving and changing. Sometimes we move fast, and sometimes slowly. Motion can be found in events, time, seasons, physical movements and activities, travel, music, and much more. Things move both around us and within us. Events and relationships can “move” us. The term “go with the flow” makes reference to the reality of events or systems moving around us. The Richmond Writes! poetry contest is all about how to describe this motion.
RichmondWrites! is sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission. For more information contact Brenda Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Arts & Culture Division Staff at (510) 620-6952.