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News Release

For immediate release - May 31, 2019

2019 poetry contest winners!


The results are in! After reading 244 poems from 117 people, The Palm Writers Group in Sorrento has chosen the winners of the 17th Annual East Lake County Library Poetry Contest.

This year’s contest ran throughout April as part of National Poetry Month. Everyone was welcome to enter, regardless of age or experience. Entrants were encouraged to submit multiple poems on any topic for a chance to claim the top prizes. This year’s submissions came from neighboring cities like Leesburg and Clermont, to cities far away, including Houston, Texas and Red Bug, Illinois. Several participants have entered the contest before, while a great number entered for the first time this year.

“I started this contest as a way to promote poetry in our community and bring awareness to the arts,” said Scott Amey, library assistant at the East Lake County Library. “The contest has grown so much over the years. It’s amazing to see what talents lie out there.”

The Palm Writers’ Group has been judging the contest’s poems for several years. Poems were judged based on content, flow, and originality.

All first place winners received a $50 gift certificate to Books-A-Million. Runner-ups received a $25 gift certificate to Books-A-Million, and third place winners received a $15 gift certificate to Books-A-Million. Those who earned honorable mentions were mailed a certificate of recognition. All entries were given a certificate of participation for their contributions. The Friends of the East Lake County Library, a non-profit group, funded the prizes.

The winners are:

Adult participants (age 19+)

1st place Kailey Albritton Vow Mascotte, FL
2nd place Jennifer Clark Silent Tears Tavares, FL
3rd place C. David Hay The Wall The Villages, FL
Honorable Mention Elaine Person Scrabble Orlando, FL
Honorable Mention Eva Kovacs If our souls were like music Howey-in-the-Hills, FL
Honorable Mention Emily Ross All the Marbles Tavares, FL
Honorable Mention Marc Rissman I Touched a Star The Villages, FL
Honorable Mention Kathy Philpot Lazy Winter Day The Villages, FL
Honorable Mention Jake Beahan Friday Night in the Woodcut Town Tavares, FL

Teen participants (age 13 - 18)

1st place Brittany Pflanz The Oleander Tree Clermont, FL
2nd place Nayla Delgado Muse Clermont, FL
3rd place Asa Newby Far From Home Altoona, FL
Honorable Mention Molly Smith I Don't Know Clermont, FL
Honorable Mention Kari Schmitz The Storm Eustis, FL
Honorable Mention Connor Eickelman Blank Paper Clermont, FL
Honorable Mention Penelope Duran When You Were Younger Houston, TX
Honorable Mention Ethan Gruner Dawn Eustis, FL

Child participants (age 12 and under)

1st place Traci El Sabbagh Greatest Show Lady Lake, FL
2nd place Adrian Newby Poem of Sorts/Photos Altoona, FL
3rd place Andrea Reyes Macbeth Leesburg, FL
Honorable Mention Shruthi Inamdar The Delicious Tooth Monster Leesburg, FL
Honorable Mention Ephram Stevens The Lizard Howey-in-the-Hills, FL
Honorable Mention Walker Clark The Fire's Might Leesburg
Honorable Mention Alexa Foxx Mourning in the Morning Mount Dora, FL
Honorable Mention William Schmitz Fishing Eustis, FL
Honorable Mention Max Allen My Car Grayson Leesburg, FL

The winners will read their poems during Poetry Night at the East Lake County Library on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 6pm. Their poems will also be available on the librarys website in the coming weeks.

Interested in judging or becoming a writer? The Palm Writers' Group is open to the public and meets at the East Lake County Library every third Saturday at 10am. Contact them at palmwrtersgroup@aol.com.

Missed this year's competition? No need to fear! The competition will return next spring. Also check the library's website for year-round poetry events and activities: www.mylakelibrary.org.


Media contact:
Scott Amey
Library Assistant II

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