Middle, high school students invited to enter original poetry in contest

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in Huntington City-Township Public Library's annual Young Adult Poetry Contest by entering an original poem.

Poems may be in any form of the poet's choice, including haiku, limerick, ballad and free verse, and must be the original work of the submitter.

Illustrations are optional but encouraged.

All submissions must be in good taste.

Poems will be judged by the following criteria: understanding of the concept of a poem, creativity, legibility, originality and adherence to contest rules.

Poems may be written using the summer reading club theme "Dig Into Reading!" or the theme for the young adult division of summer reading club, "Beneath the Surface."

Possible topics include underground railroad, time capsules, lost civilizations, paleontology, catacombs, caves and tunnels, roots and growing things, archaeology, basements and cellars, the subway, under the earth's crust, beneath your feet, dens and burrows or free choice.

Entries must be received no later than June 1 and can be submitted at either the main library or the Markle branch library.

Prizes, provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library, will be awarded to the winning entries.

Young adults who submit an entry to the poetry contest are invited to read their poems at the library's Epeolatry Poetry Club meeting in June.

Copies of submitted poems will be on display at the library throughout the summer and become the permanent property of Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Contest guidelines are available at the main library and the Markle branch library, and on the library's website at www.huntingtonpub.lib.in.us/2013/04/poetrycontest2013.

The main library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington, and the Markle branch is located at 197 E. Morse St., in Markle.

For more information, contact the library at 356-2900.