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Entries open for Student Poetry Project

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 23 and 24 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of the Focus section may have his or her photo published, with the permission of the student's parent or guardian.

Also, three students in each of these categories will be invited to read his or her poem and be interviewed on "Lehigh Valley Arts Salon," 6 - 6:30 p.m. April 21, WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Radio, 88.1 FM,

The entry guidelines:

1. The Student Poetry Project is open to Lehigh Valley elementary school, middle school and high school public, parochial, private, charter, cyber and home-school students in the circulation areas of the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers (Salisbury Press, East Penn Press, Parkland Press, Northwestern Press, Whitehall-Coplay Press, Catasauqua Press, Northampton Press and Bethlehem Press).

2. Poems are to not exceed one typed, doubled-spaced, maximum 60-space line on an 8 1/2 x 11-inch page.

3. Each student may submit one poem, which must be his or her original composition.

4. Email submissions are preferred. One poem is to be submitted per email.

5. Multiple printed versions of poems from a classroom may be submitted in one envelope.

6. Entries must be received by U.S. Mail or email by 5 p.m. March 15.

7. Permission of a parent or guardian is required for a student's photo to be taken and published in the Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

8. Copies of poems will not be returned.

9. Include student name, age, grade, school, school district, telephone number of parent or guardian for contact information only (the phone number will not be published or shared).

10. Email your poem, with Student Poetry Project in the subject line to:, or mail to: Student Poetry Project, The Press, 308 E. Third St., Bethlehem, Pa., 18015.

Questions and information: George Van Doren,