Planetarium presents local astronomy poetry contest

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011

JUNEAU — In celebration of April as Global Astronomy and National Poetry month, the Marie Drake Planetarium is sponsoring an Astronomy Poetry Contest, open to all Juneau residents.

The poetry contest is a new project for the planetarium and organizers said they look forward to reading entries.

“We’re sure they will be ‘out of this world,’” they said.

Each poem must be original, and each participant may enter up to three poems. Entries must include a title, the author’s name category and grade (for youth entries). Poems must be appropriate for a general audience of all ages and will not be returned. Judging will be done by planetarium volunteers. Winners will receive a Marie Drake Planetarium bumper sticker.

By entering the contest, poets authorize the Marie Drake Planetarium to display, read and publish all entries. The winning poems will be published on the Marie Drake Planetarium website and displayed at the planetarium. The winning poems will also be read at a planetarium show in April.

The contest will consist of the following categories: Adult and three youth categories — grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 14. Send poems by e-mail to: If you do not have access to e-mail, mail poems to Cristina Della Rosa, PO Box 20912, Juneau, AK 99802, or submit your poem at a planetarium show. More information available at

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