Contest attracts 93 poets from five states, 28 cities and Australia

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The eighth annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest’s July 28 entry deadline attracted 93 poets, some from other states and even Australia. Poets submitted 197 poems, the most entered in the eight-year history of the contest, in five categories: “What Money Can’t Buy,” “Unbelievable But True,” “A Very Special Year,” “Reaching For The Stars” and “My Most Embarrassing Moment.” Poets came from 23 California cities and from Doylestown, Pa.; Macungie, Pa.; Warren, N.J.; Voorheesville, N.Y. and Wauwatosa, Wis. In addition, the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest has gone international. One entrant, submitting three poems, came from Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Judges selected 41 winning poems, submitted by 29 poets, including 13 “Young Poets,” ages 6 through 18. Eight Lincoln residents did very well in the competition. The eight residents, both adult and young poets, received two first-place awards, one second-place award and five third-place awards. Especially successful Lincoln residents include the following: “What Money Can’t Buy” category – Evelyn Stecher, second-place with “Beach Song; Joshua Sanches, 9 from Foskett Ranch Elementary, third-place with “Money an’t Buy” “Unbelievable But True” category – Diane Bogush, third-place with “Why Princess Beatrice Wore That Hideous Hat To The Royal Wedding And Sat Behind The Queen;” Kaiden Sanchez, 6 Foskett Ranch Elementary, third-place with “Last Night’s Adventure;” Hana Uhler, 10 from First Street Elementary, third-place with “The Penguin That Wanted To Fly”. “Reaching For The Stars” category – Harmony Byron, first-place with “How Swift The Flight Of Time On Silver Wings.” “My Most Embarrassing Moment” category – Jack Fabian, first-place with “Love Is Sometimes Debatable;” Jim Fulcomer, third-place with “Caught On Camera”. Poets receiving first, second and third-place, will read their poems Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive. This special event is free to the public. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems. The Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest is presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln and is sponsored by the Lincoln Library and the Friends of the Lincoln Library. ~ Staff report