Poetry OmniBus, together with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Capital Transit, Printing Trade Company, Juneau Libraries, Juneau Jazz & Classics, and UAS, is looking for this year’s fresh and surprising poems from Juneau locals. Poetry can be submitted in one of two age categories: Youth (5th-12th grades) or adult.
Poetry OmniBus is changing up the contest this year by offering three categories for original poems: Tweet Category (140 characters, including spaces), Wish Category, and the Alphabet Category (a poem or stanza of 26 words, doesn’t have to begin with the letter A, but each word must begin with the next letter of the alphabet). While no topic is off-limit, poems must be suitable for a general, public audience. Also, due to size constraints on the bus placards, poems must be no more than 10 lines.
The submission period opens Jan. 15, and closes March 15. Poems will be selected by a panel of poets including current Alaska State Poet Laureate Peggy Shumaker; poet and UAS professor, Ernestine Hayes; and Master of Cheerful Smiles and author, Jeff Brown.
The preferred method for submissions is electronic via an e-mail attachment (in either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format) to PoetryOmniBus@hotmail.com. You may also type your poem into the body of your email. Paper copies may be delivered to the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council offices in the old Armory building. Poets may submit up to 6 poems — two poems in each category; however, only the first poem is free. After that, it’s $5 to submit the other 5 poems.
An educator’s packet is available and can be emailed to instructors upon request. The information packet includes a log to record student submissions, a glossary of literary terminology, descriptions of forms, useful websites, and more.
Poets will be invited to read their submissions during Community Day Celebration at UAS on May 21, 2011. Details will follow at a later time. All poems submitted to Poetry OmniBus are published in the three-ring binders retained by all four of Juneau’s libraries.
For more information, contact Poetry Omnibus at PoetryOmniBus@hotmail.com for more information or contact Juneau Arts & Humanities Council at 586.2787. Entry forms can be found on Juneau buses, your nearst library, and online at http://jahc.org/concerts-and-events/poetry-omnibus-2.