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KidsPost Poetry Contest gets underway

Beautiful writing

that in April will become

KidsPost Poetry

Do you recognize this type of poetry?

If you said “haiku,” you are not only correct, but you may also be a candidate for our annual poetry contest. We hold it each April in honor of National Poetry Month, and we welcome all types of poems, including haiku, limerick, rhyming and free verse.

Here’s what you need to know:

●The contest is open to ages 5 to 14. Kids must submit an original poem (that means you must have written it yourself) of any length on any subject. Each child can submit only one poem. Poems can be illustrated, but that is not required.

●To enter our contest, you need to have an adult (a parent, guardian or teacher) send us your entry. On each entry, the adult should include your name, age and home town as well as the name and phone number of the adult submitting the entry. A note from the adult giving permission for you to enter the contest is also required. A teacher can give permission for an entire class if parental permission has been obtained.

●Entries can be e-mailed to kidspost@washpost.com. (Please put “poetry contest” in the subject line.) They can also be sent to KidsPost Poetry Contest, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. The deadline for entries is
5 p.m. Monday, March 18.

●Poems will be judged by the KidsPost staff. Winning poems will be published in the April 21 edition of KidsPost. If your poem is published, you will receive a prize package including a KidsPost T-shirt and a poetry book. Winners will be invited to share their poems at a poetry reading at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington.

We can’t wait to read your entries. If you have any questions, you can e-mail them to kidspost@washpost.com.

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