Poets wanted for Voices of Lincoln poetry contest

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The seventh annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest is quickly drawing to a close. Entry forms must be received by July 30. Poets are invited to submit three poems, no more than one in three of the five contest categories: "Getting to know you," "Seeing is believing," "It’s a crime," "Three wishes" and "A valuable lesson learned." Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln to be eligible. To date, entries have been received from Lincoln, Auburn, Citrus Heights, Folsom, Granite Bay, Modesto, Pacific Grove, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, Clarksville, N.Y. and Doylestown, Pa. Poets 18-years-old and younger will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. Last year, 75 poets submitted 123 poems. The goal this year is to surpass both the number of poets entering the contest and the number of poems submitted. Entry forms and contest rules are available at the Twelve Bridges Library and can be downloaded from Winners will read their poems on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held at the Twelve Bridges Library, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive. Winners will also 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.