Poetry contest runs through April 30

In honor of National Poetry Month, Island Books and the Mercer Island Arts Council have teamed up to sponsor a poetry contest through the end of April.

The contest runs until April 30, and poetry is being accepted in four different categories — kindergarten through third grade, fourth and fifth grade, middle and high school, and adults.

The theme is “What I Can Touch” and entries can be submitted via email to with ‘Poetry Contest’ in the subject line, or dropped off to the store in person.

Youth submissions can be entered in any form, while adults must use only haiku or limerick forms.

First prize will earn a $30 gift certificate, second place receives a $20 gift certificate and third place wins $10. One adult winner will also receive a $30 gift certificate.

Winners will be announced during an in-store ceremony on Sunday, May 6, at 3:30 p.m. Contestants are not required to be present to win, but are encouraged to attend.


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