SAINT AUGUSTINE – The Florida Heritage Book Festival, Inc. poetry competition for students in St. Johns County schools or, home-schooled, in grades six through 12 ends Friday, Sept. 8.
The theme is Florida’s Natural Resources and each participant must submit an original poem in English on that theme. Poems should not exceed 24 lines of text. Students will compete in one of two divisions: Middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). The entry deadline is Sept. 8.
Winners will receive cash prizes and certificates sponsored by All American Air Charitable Foundation. Three prizes will be awarded in each division: First, $100; Second, $50; Third, $25.
Winners will present their poems at the Florida Heritage Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 2:20 p.m., at Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St. Winning presentations will appear on the FHBF website, http://www.fhbookfest.com. Winners will be announced by Sept. 15.
Poems will be judged based on originality, creativity, and artistic quality. Poems containing profanity, vulgarity or offensive material will be disqualified. The decision of the judges will be final.
Contest rules and parental forms are available at www.fhbookfest.com. Printed rules and entry forms are available at all St. Johns County libraries.
Electronic entries in Word, PDF or WordPerfect are encouraged and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Paper entries will be accepted at any St. Johns County library or bookmobile locations or, may be mailed to FHBF at PO Box 4011, St. Augustine, FL 32085 postmarked by Sept 8. (Parents or guardians of minor contestants must sign a release authorizing the FHBF to reprint the authors work or, to use video of the author presenting the work.)
The Festival began in 2008 and is a free event every September highlighting Florida’s literary heritage under the direction of The Florida Heritage Book Festival, Inc., Board of Directors. Executive Director is Bob Boese.