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Date(s) - 01/04/2021 - 30/04/2021
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Poetry in a Time of Pandemic

The events of 2020—global pandemic, economic devastation, revelations of social injustice and the legacy of slavery, political division, and violence against institutions—have created crises of meaning for many. In these times, communities of faith turn to prayer and theological reflection, but also to art, which seeks new images and metaphors to name our experience.

We invite writers of all ages to submit original poetry to a contest that aims to honor our collective pandemic. Has this year brought forth language of lament or hope?

However you experience the divine, where do you see God working through the chaos?

Deadline – Submissions will be accepted from March 1, 2021 through April 30, 2021 We are also seeking photographs to accompany award-winning poetry in the contest anthology and online. These will not be judged.

Who may enter –The contest is open to anyone. There are no entry fees.

Prizes – Prizes will be awarded in Youth (18 and under) and Adult (19 and older) categories. All contest winners will be published in our contest anthology.

1st prize: $250

2nd prize: $100

  Judge’s Choice: $50

Judging –Winners will be announced in May 2021. Our judges are

Todd Davis (Adult) and Caroline Shea (Youth)

and for the Judge’s Choice awards

The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan, Bishop of the Diocese of Central PA (Adult) and

The Rev. Jeffrey A. Packard, Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, State College, PA (Youth)

This contest will culminate in a reading as part of the Central PA Festival of the Arts in July 2021.
Julia Spicher Kasdorf will host the reading and has contributed a new poem for inclusion in our anthology.

 For submission details and more information, please visit our Arts @ St. Andrew’s website