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MATC Libraries - Poetry Contest 2009
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MATC Libraries 2009 Poetry Contest

What is poetry?
It’s whatever you want it to be
Set your mind free
(And it doesn’t have to rhyme, either)

What is Poetry?

Thoughts off the Top of My Head

by Merlene Cain

My heart, my mind, my soul,
Impulse, energize, and compromise
To all, for all, the gift
Of goodness, worldly

MATC Library will host a Poetry Contest during the National Library Week After Party April 20-24, 2009. The contest is open to all current MATC students.

The MATC Library and The Phoenix want to bring recognition to student writing and display their creative writing talents. Submit your poetry to the Poetry Contest for your chance to win prizes. The students, faculty, and staff of MATC will vote on their favorite poetry. The poetry with the most votes will be published in the 2010 copy of The Phoenix, a journal of poetry and fiction published annually by MATC. The writer of the winning poetry will also receive a MATC Bookstore gift card, free lunch ticket, free parking ticket, flash drive, and a journal/pen set.

We will also be having poetry readings at the following locations:

MATC Oak Creek Campus Library – Wednesday, April 22, 2009 – 1pm
MATC Milwaukee Campus Library – Thursday, April 23, 2009 – 12 Noon

Contest rules:

Poetry must be an original work with a title.

Contestants must be current MATC students.

Each single work must be 350 words or less.

Each student may submit up to two (2) separate works. Each work must be submitted individually.

Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, April 17th, 2009.

Voting will begin online Monday, April 20th, 2009 and will continue through 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009. (Note: Voting in-person at one of the library locations will only occur during normal operating hours Monday, April 20th, 2009 through Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009.)

How to submit your poem:

Send a message to library@matc.edu with Poetry 2009 as the subject. Include in your message:

Your name
Your student ID number
The title of your poem
A telephone number where we can reach you
An attachment, as a Word Document file or .rtf file, of your poem. Poems will NOT be accepted if they are copied and pasted into the email message.

Submissions will be posted to our Live Journal community http://community.livejournal.com/poemzone/ and will be viewable at all of the MATC Libraries by Monday, April 20th, 2009.

Faculty and staff are also encouraged to submit poetry, however, faculty and staff are not eligible to participate in the poetry contest.