New categories added to Lincoln Poetry Contest

By: Staff report
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Another Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest is slated for this fall. In the past, only poems about Lincoln were accepted. However, in 2008, new categories have been added. Preferred topics this year are poems about Lincoln, California, cowboy, comic, journey, nature, war and peace, or other. The verse forms required for a poem to be accepted in the contest are rhyme, free verse, short poem (as many as 16 lines) or long poem (as many as 30 lines). Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln to be eligible. Contest forms are now available at the Lincoln Carnegie Library and the Twelve Bridges Library or by calling 434-9226. The poems should be received or postmarked no later than Sept. 17. Send the submissions to or drop them off at 237 L St., Lincoln, 95648. All poems should be typewritten, 12-point type, double-spaced, attached to a form (one form per poem) with a paper clip and without a name. Winners will be contacted by phone. The Voices of Lincoln contest winners will read their winning poems on Oct. 12, at the Willow Room in the Twelve Bridges Library. The event will be free and open to the public. The Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Lincoln Library and presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln.