The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest

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Jean Ciavonne 2022 Unexpected Garden blog

Unexpected Gardens: Poems on Everyday Bravery

Open Wed., Dec. 1 - Tue., March 1

The award ceremony date is tentatively set for Sat., April 16


Plants look for ways to survive beyond any given odds and it takes bravery to bloom where we’re not expected. How do we create habitats in which we can blossom and grow? Looking back at the last couple of years, how do you describe survival and thriving? What does everyday bravery look like to you?

Questions to ask yourself as you write your poem:

  • Can we see, smell, hear, and taste the imagery in your poem?
  • Have you used rich vocabulary that tells us a story or paints a picture?
  • Does your poem reflect the theme?

Six winners will receive a book and $50 each! The contest is open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak region.


Eligibility:

Open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Pikes Peak Region.

Contest Rules:

  1. One entry per student. Teachers are urged to review poems and submit no more than five per class.
  2. Each poem must be the original work of the contestant.
  3. Poems will be judged on originality, including poem title and adherence to the theme.
  4. Submit two typed, double-spaced copies of each poem on 8 ½” x 11” paper (no handwritten submissions or illustrations will be accepted.) Include ON A SEPARATE PIECE OF PAPER: name, telephone number, home address, school name and address, and teacher and principal’s names. Poems will not be returned. Please keep a copy.
  5. Entries must be postmarked by Tue., March 1, 2022.

Submission of a poem constitutes full permission to exhibit, use and publish the poem for any purpose – printed or electronic media – and to publish the name, school, and photographs of the student without compensation.

Submissions

Entries may be mailed to:

The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest

c/o Christa Funke

Pikes Peak Library District

P.O. Box 1579

Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1579

 

For more information, contact Evan Childress: echildress@ppld.org


2021 Winners: