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Poetry in the Garden


National Poetry Month in April is the largest literary celebration in the world and was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Celebrate it in style in Mount Dora this year at Poetry in the Garden, on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00pm.

Award Ceremony Program:

Susan Lilley, Orlando's Poet Laureate, will read selections from her own poetry as well as make a few remarks.

Poetry Contest finalists' entries will be read prior to the awarding of prizes.

  Susan Lilley is a Florida native. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Drunken Boat, Saw Palm, Hippocampus and Sweet, among other journals. She is past winner of the Rita Dove Poetry Award and has two chapbooks, Night Windows and Satellite Beach. She teaches literature and writing at Trinity Preparatory School and has taught at University of Central Florida and Rollins College. She was recently appointed inaugural poet laureate for the city of Orlando. 


Poetry Contest

All are welcome to enter the contest. There are two age categories: Below 18 and 18 & Over. The following prizes will be awarded:

1st place $50

2nd place: $30

3rd place: $20

Honorable mention(s)

The Submission deadline is Sunday, March 25, 2018. All submission are to be emailed to the Library to this email address: lundayc@cityofmountdora.com. The top three finalists in both age categories will be invited to read their entries at the Award Ceremony. Finalists may also ask the judges to read their entries for them. The Poetry Contest will be judged by the local writers' group Writers One Flight Up.

Poetry Contest Guidelines

The entry parameters are the same for both age groups. Poems must be 40 lines or less, submitted in 12 point font using Microsoft Word file format. A standard entry format of one cover page with the entrant's contact information and a separate document for the poem submitted. Entrants may submit one poem only in this contest.

Entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 25, 2018. Finalists will be notified after Sunday, April 1, 2018 but before Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Poetry in the Garden is sponsored by the Mount Dora Library Association and Writers One Flight Up