The Toledo Museum of Art is holding its annual poetry contest. This contest is held with a youth bracket, ages 11 to 17, and an adult bracket, ages 18 and up.
The Museum wants it contestants to draw inspiration from the 12 objects selected from the museums vast collection of artworks. The contest opened on Jan. 22 and will remain so until March 22.
Winners of the contest will be notified by the museum by April 17 with the awards ceremony on April 27. The prizes for this contest are the same for both the youth and adult with prizes for places first to third and honorable mentions, first place gets $200 and a year long membership to the museum with second place winning $100.
The winners will be determined by a panel of three judges. The judges will base their decision on originality, form, language, grammatical skill and the creative interpretation or reflection of the writing.
The overall goal of the contest is to develop a connection between visual art and writing as said by Toledo Museum of Art’s Senior Public Relations Manager Doreen Cutway. Participants are encouraged to be creative and express their emotions through poetry.
Teachers for grade 6 though 12 can request for a guided tour of the museum that will include poetry writing for their students to do. Once students have their poetry they can decide on whether they wish to submit the poem into the contest for a chance to win one of the prizes.
Everyone from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan are invited to participate in the contest. If you are not confidant in your ability to write a poem for the contest the museum offers writing workshop with Lucas County Poet Laureate Jonie McIntire on Feb. 3 and March 17 before the contest closes.
For more information find all the details about the contest at https://toledomuseum.org/learn/poetry-competition.