A special poetry event will be held this year as part of the 2013 Lake County BookFest. The ¡Viva Libros! Poetry Contest is designed to offer local writers, finalists in the contest, the opportunity of being reviewed by Pulitzer Prize nominee Vivian Shipley. The Poetry Contest is for ages 18 and up and entries are being accepted until February 8th. Qualifying entries may be on any topic and may be any style of writing.
There will be 18 winners selected. These poets will be invited to attend a special private workshop with Ms. Shipley on Thursday, March 14th in the W.T. Bland Public Library from 10 a.m. until noon. At 1 p.m. The winners will be invited to read to the public in an event hosted by Vivian Shipley, Darlin’ Neal and Ryan Van Cleave. The selected poems will also be published on the Lake County Library System website Writers’ Page.
Special guest judge Vivian Shipley is a two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, the Library of Congress’s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community, the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America, as well as numerous others.
Winners will be notified by phone or email and all poets are welcome to the Lake County Library System’s Authors Reception on Friday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the W.T. Bland Public Library.
Entries are being accepted now through February 8, 2013. Finalists will be selected by members of the Palm Writers’ Group. For submission information and guidelines, please check the website www.mylakelibrary.org/poetry_contest or call Scott Amey at the East Lake County Library, 352-383-9980.