Name: The Emma Lazarus Project Poetry Contest
Word count: between 14 and 20 lines
Entry fee: Free
Prize: A trip to New York City for the award ceremony and publication on their website
Closing date: July 2, 2020.
Students and other writers can enter the Emma Lazarus Project Poetry Contest before it closes. The American Jewish Historical Society is hosting a National Poetry contest that asks students: “If you could write a poem for the Statue of Liberty today, what would it say?”
Emma Lazarus’ story shows how even in complicated times, people can engage civically, and that art can help express and define the ideals and identity of a nation.
You do not have to participate in the full Emma Lazarus Project Curriculum in order to submit their poems to the contest. However, they do encourage you to watch the film on this Youtube link and also explore their website. They invite students to connect past and present, and imagine themselves as modern day Emma Lazaruses.
Students poems should explore both the stories “The New Colossus” invites, and those to which it may have blinded us too as well. Students poems should, together with the Statue of Liberty, send a message to the world about America.
For this contest, they are accepting poems from emerging poets of all ages. Submissions will be divided into three groups: Middle School, High School and Collegiate / Adult Emerging Poet
Submissions are open nationally, to any poet writing in English—other languages are okay to include, as long as the meat of the poem is in English.
They are accepting only unpublished work for this contest.
There is no word requirements, but they suggest your poem is between 14 and 20 lines long.
They do not accept multiple submissions, only one poem may be submitted by each student.
Any submission deemed to include language that is hateful, harmful, or violent will not be reviewed.
The winner will be awarded a trip to New York City for the award ceremony. All finalists will get a chance to be published on the Emma Lazarus Project website
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