Maine Postmark Poetry Contest seeking submissions

Posted June 19, 2011, at 8:11 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, a statewide competition, will be held Oct. 14 and 15 in conjunction with the 7th annual Belfast Poetry Festival.

New this year: In addition to Maine residents, anyone with access to a Maine post office or mailbox this summer is invited to enter. Citizens, residents and visitors to Maine all are welcome to enter. The only rule is that all entries must bear a Maine postmark.

To enter, submit entries of up to two pages of poetry — one poem per page, so either two short

poems or one longer poem. Each entry must be accompanied by a $5 reading fee. Proceeds will be used to support the festival. Entrants may submit more than one entry, but each additional entry is an additional $5.

The Belfast Poetry Festival Committee will screen entries and forward finalists to an outside judge, a poet of national reputation, who will choose first, second and third place winners. Winners will be invited to read the winning poem and be honored at the Belfast Poetry Festival in October; winning poems also will be announced and published in the Maine press and receive a special volume of Maine poetry.

Submissions are welcome from now until Sept.1.

Poems should be sent without the poet’s name on the poem and accompanied by a cover letter listing the poet’s name, contact information — address, email and phone — and the title of the work submitted so it can be read anonymously. Cover letters need not include biographical information. Poems sent without a cover letter will be disqualified. All poems must be original and previously unpublished. Poems will not be returned, so please do not send originals or a self-addressed stamped envelope. Send entires to Jacob Fricke, Belfast Poet Laureate, Attn: Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 911, Belfast 04915.

Rockland Public Library launches adult summer reading program

ROCKLAND, Maine — “Novel Destinations” is this summer’s theme at the Rockland  Public Library. The 2011 Summer Reading Program is open to adults ages 20 and older who are Rockland Library cardholders, with programs and prizes. Set your own summer reading goals — minimum goal is five books and-or audiobooks. Then submit a book review — either online or by a form at the circulation desk — for each book read or listened to and be entered into periodic drawings for prizes.

Registration begins on June 25. Participants can register in person or on the library’s website at www.rocklandlibrary.org. Special programs include an International Folk Dancing Night, The Inside Scoop on Coffee with Rock City Master Roaster Yvonne Smith, An Evening with Nigerian artist Ibiyinka Alao and Around the World in Papercrafts, a hands-on craft night.

The adult program will run concurrently with the children’s program, titled “One World, Many Stories,” and the teen program, “You Are Here.” For information, call the library at 594-0310, or visit www.rocklandlibrary.org.

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