POETRY SOCIETY OF TEXAS STUDENT AWARDS 2003
***SEND POEMS TO***
Kaye Abikhaled, 297 Yaupon Valley Rd., Austin, TX 78746


RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING STUDENT CONTESTS
Entries that do not conform to the following rules and instructions will not be eligible for competition
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

PROCEDURES FOR ENTERING CONTESTS
Entries must be prepared according to the rules and instructions listed here. All entries must be received by MARCH 1, 2003.
Entries will by mailed by Kaye Abikhaled to judges who will have the copy of poem with no identification. Judges will select 3 top poems and 2 Honorable Mentions. The Poetry Society of Texas publishes first place winning poems in their STUDENT AWARD WINNERS 2003, and may enter selected poems in the Manningham Awards and Student Award of The National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Winning poets will be notified at the address listed on the poem entry.
Questions regarding entries should be directed to:
Kaye Abikhaled, 297 Yaupon Valley Rd., Austin, TX 78746; abikhaled@mail.utexas.edu

ELIGIBILITY OF POEMS

1. A poem MUST be the original work of the entrant. (IMPORTANT NOTE: An award that is later found to be parent-assisted or a copyright infringement will become ineligible with the award given to the next poem in line.)
2. A poem MUST be titled [unless Haiku: these are not titled}
3. A student may enter ONLY ONE poem in each contest of grade level eligibility.
4. A poem may be entered in ONLY ONE contest.
5. A poem MAY NOT be entered that is currently entered in any other contest.
6. A poem that has been published or accepted for publication MAY NOT be entered.
7. A poem may be NO LONGER THAN 28 LINES unless shorter line length is stated.
8. Entrant MUST be a student in a school in Texas, or school sanctioned if in home education.

PREPARATION OF ENTRIES

1. Submit 2 [two] typed or hand printed copies on 8˝"x11" paper.
2. DO NOT add pictures, graphics, or drawings....this takes away from the poem and will not be reproduced in publication.
3. In the UPPER LEFT corner of BOTH COPIES of the poem put the number and name of the contest entered.
4. In the UPPER RIGHT corner on ONE COPY ONLY place the following information:
Name of Student - Street Address - City & Zip - Age & Grade
Name of School – Address - City & Zip - Teacher/Sponsor [please designate Mr., Mrs., Ms.]

NOTE: A student may elect not to use his/her home address. A school address MUST appear on the identification page for the purpose of winner notification. Nearly 200 poems are disqualified each year for lack of proper identification and failure to follow the rules. The National Federation of State Poetry Societies and the Manningham Poetry Awards require this information of eligibility.
5. DO NOT staple i.d. forms with the above information to the poems. This creates huge problems for the awards chairperson.
6. Authors must keep copies of their poems as none will be returned.
[Winners will be asked to bring a copy of their winning poem to the Student Awards Festival ceremony on the first Saturday in May.]
7. DO NOT staple the poem copies together. The copy without identification goes to the judge.
PLEASE type or computer generate your poems whenever possible. If hand printed, be sure they are NEAT AND READABLE. This is important to the judges.
TEACHERS please stress the rules. You may elect to send your students' poems in one envelope. Please include an E-mail address for contact purposes.

First Place [grades 1-12] will receive an engraved plaque*. *2nd & 3rd Place winners will receive a certificate* ALL WINNERS will be notified by mail and invited to read their winning poem(s) at the Student Awards Festival. Each winner attending will receive a book of the First Place poems, published by The Poetry Society of Texas, with recognition given to all winners, schools, and sponsors.
THERE IS NO FEE TO ENTER


STUDENT POETRY CONTESTS

1. GENERAL EDMUND C. LYNCH MEMORIAL AWARD [college/university students] $150.00
Offered by Peggy Zuleika Lynch in honor of her deceased husband and his book VIEWS OF AN EARLY BIRD, Eakin Press; for the best poem expressing five specific suggestions for daily living. Any form. 28 line limit.
2. THE HOLCOMB COLLEGE AWARD [college/university students] $25.00
Offered by J. Paul Holcomb, President of PST, for the best poem of 28 lines or less. Any form, any subject.
3. LYNCH AWARD FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS [grade 12]
Offered by Peggy Zuleika Lynch for a poem of no more than one 8˝x11" page in a mode considered experimental [found, abstract, concrete, expressive, eye, shaped, text-sound, etc.]. Any subject in good taste. 28 line limit.
4. THE I. B. KAHN MEMORIAL AWARD FOR STUDENTS [grades 11-12]
Offered by The Houston Chapter of PST in memory of Mr. I.B. Kahn, for a poem of 28 lines or less in any form, any subject.
5. THE LOOKING AHEAD AWARD [grades 11-12]
Offered by the Looktwo Consultant Group of Houston for the best 24 or less line poem on the subject of the poet looking ahead beyond graduation. This can be a thank you to someone important for helping the poet making it through school, the poet's goal and objectives in life, plans for the future, outlook for the future, etc. Anything relating to "Looking Ahead", beyond graduation.
6. THE FREE SPIRIT AWARD [grade 11]
Offered by Kaye Abikhaled of Austin, for the best poem, any subject any form.
7. THE SAN ANTONIO POET'S ASSOCIATION AWARD [grades 10-12]
Offered by Iris and Harvey Maahs for the best poem in any form, or subject, of 28 lines or less.
8. THE LAFORGE AWARD [grade 10]
Offered by Susie LaForge of Ft. Worth, for the best poem of 12 to 20 lines in length, on any subject in free verse form.
9. STODGHILL HIGH SCHOOL FREE VERSE AWARD [grades 9-12]
Offered by Pat Stodghill of Dallas, for the best free verse poem on any subject. 28 line limit.
10. THE POETRY SOCIETY OF TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL AWARD [grades 9-12]
Offered by PST for a poem of no more than 28 lines on any subject / any form.
11. THE WHITNEY M. MONTGOMERY AWARD [grades 9-12]
Established in the will of Estelle Stewart in memory of Whitney M. Montgomery, for the best poem on any subject and in any form. 28 line limit.
12. THE MOCKINGBIRD CHAPTER AWARD [grades 9-12]
Offered by The Mockingbird Chapter of PST, McKinney, for a poem of 28 lines or less on any subject / any form.
13. THE DR. JOHN WITT MEMORIAL AWARD [grades 9-12]
Offered by Helen Martin Witt of Groom in memory of her husband, a dedicated physician, for the best poem of 28 lines or less. Any subject/any form.
14. THE JACK E. MURPHY HIGH SCHOOL PRIZE [grades 9-12]
Offered by Freeda Murphy in memory of her husband, the 9th president of The Poetry Society of Texas, for the best poem of no more than 28 lines on any subject and in any form.
15. THE DIMMETTE PRIZE [grades 9-12]
Offered by Wendy Dimmette for a free verse poem of 20 lines or less.
16. THE CASTLE YOUTH AWARD [grades 9-12]
Offered by Birma Castle of Beaumont, for a poem of 28 lines or less, in any form.
17. THE PRESIDENTS PRIZE [grades 9-12]
Offered by Budd Powell Mahan in honor of PST's 18 Presidents, for a poem of 28 lines or less on any subject / any style.
18. THE TEXAS SONNET AWARD [grades 9-12]
Offered by Dr. Billy Bob Hill. A sonnet about Texas or Texas life. Either English or Italian form.
19. THE SHADY HILL AWARD [grades 9-12]
Offered by PST President J. Paul Holcomb, for the best poem of 28 lines or less about environmental awareness. Any form.
20. THE SALLIE ROBERTS AWARD [grades 9-12]
Offered by Cliff Roberts in memory of his paternal grandmother, for the best poem on the subject of Grandmothers, in any form. 28 line limit.
21. THE ALEXANDER AWARD [grades 8-12]
Offered by The Alexander School of Richardson. A Free Verse poem on a topic that explores ‘individualism'. 28 line maximum.
22. THE TOLERANCE AWARD [grades 8-10]
Offered by Nikki's Restaurant of Richardson, for the best poem in good taste about tolerance for race, religion, or people. Any form. 28 line limit.
23. THE FREEDA MURPHY HAIKU PRIZE [grades 7-12]
Offered by Budd Powell Mahan to honor the service and dedication of Freeda Murphy to the Poetry Society of Texas. A Haiku not restricted to usual themes.
24. THE MAHAN PRIZE [grades 7-11]
Offered by Budd Powell Mahan for the best poem of 28 lines or less, on any subject and in any form.
25. THE SIEGEL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AWARD [grades 7-9]
Offered by Suzie Siegel in honor of her mother, Marcella Siegel, PST's 15th president, for the best light or humorous verse of 16 lines or less. Any subject, any form.
26. THE PINEYWOODS YOUTH AWARD [grades 7-9]
Offered by Jessie Jo Wedgeworth of Carthage, for the best poem of 28 lines or less. Any subject, any form.
27. THE TOMORROW AWARD DEDICATED TO OUR CHILDREN [grades 7-9]
Offered by Alan and Laura Birkelbach of Plano. A poem on any subject and in any form. 28 line limit.
28. THE HOCKADAY SCHOOL BANNER AWARD [grades 7-8]
Offered by The Hockaday School/Banner for a poem on any subject, any form. 28 line limit. Hockaday Students may not enter.
29. THE POETRY SOCIETY OF TEXAS MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARD [grades 6-8]
Offered by PST for a poem of no more that 28 lines on any subject, any form.
30. THE VAIDA STEWART MONTGOMERY AWARD [grades 6-8]
Established in the will of Estelle Stewart in memory of Vaida Stewart Montgomery, for the best poem on any subject, any form. 28 line maximum.
31. POETS OF TARRANT COUNTY INTERMEDIATE STUDENT AWARD [grades 6-8]
Offered by The Poets of Tarrant County of PST, for the best poem of no more than 28 lines. Any subject / any form.
32. KINGWOOD POETS MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARD [grades 6-8]
Offered by The Kingwood Poets. Fast forward 100 years into the future. Write a poem about the ecological state of our planet. Any poetic form, 28 line limit.
33.THE FORT WORTH HAIKU SOCIETY AWARD [grades 6 – 8]
Offered by the Fort Worth Haiku Society for the best haiku using three lines of 5/7/5 syllables OR LESS. Must possess a strong nature image.
34. THE BEA LAND - KEEP THEM LAUGHING AWARD [grades 6-8]
Offered by the Bea Land-Phoenix Poetry Chapter. Any subject/any form. 28 line limit.
35. THE STUDENT FESTIVAL AWARD [grades 6 & 7]
Offered by Leona Welch in honor of young poets and their poetry. Any subject, any form, 28 line limit.
36. THE HILDA TREVINO POET AWARD [grade 6]
Offered by Hilda Trevino of Laredo, for the best poem on any subject, any form. 28 line limit.
37. WICHITA FALLS UPPER ELEMENTARY AWARD [grades 5-6]
Offered by The Wichita Falls Poetry Society of PST, for the best poem in any form, on the subject: Growing Up. 28 line limit.
38. THE EMMA COAHRAN-RANDALL AWARD [grades 5-6]
Offered by Patricia Randall Peek in memory of her mother who taught her to love poetry, for the best rhymed poem on any subject. 28 line limit.
39. THE ROBBY K. MITCHELL MEMORIAL AWARD [grades 5-6]
Offered by Kay Boruff Lantzy and Helen King in memory of their poet friend. A poem of 10 to 24 lines. SUBJECT: Friendship.
40. THE HELEN KING AWARD [grade 5]
Offered by The Hockaday School of Dallas, for the best poem celebrating the wondrous world of books, in any poetic form. No more than 24 lines.
41. HOME TOWN TALES AWARD [grades 4-8]
Offered by poet and storyteller, Anne McCrady of Henderson, for the best poem about a person or place in your town. Any form. 28 line limit.
42. THE POETRY SOCIETY OF TEXAS UPPER ELEMENTARY AWARD [grades 4-6]
Offered by PST for a poem of no more than 28 lines on any subject/any form.
43. THE THELMA EVELYN BOYD AWARD [grades 4-6]
Established in the will of Estelle Stewart in memory of Thelma Evelyn Boyd for a poem on any subject and in any form. 28 line maximum.
44. THE UNITED DAY SCHOOL POET AWARD [grades 4-5]
Offered by Hilda Trevino for the best poem on any subject and in any form. 28 line limit.
45. THE ENCHANTED ACRES AWARD [grades 4-5]
Offered by Dorothy Miller Birdwell of Chandler for the best poem on any subject, any form. 28 lines or less.
46. FORT WORTH POETRY SOCIETY CONTEST [grades 4-5]
Offered by the Ft. Worth Poetry Society, for the best poem on any subject and in any form. 28 line limit.
47. THE BLUEBONNET AWARD [grades 3-5]
Offered by Dorothy Strickland and Beb Fulkerson of The Bluebonnet Chapter of PST, Wylie, for the best poem of not more than 28 lines. Any subject, any form. EXCEPTION: No Haiku.
48. LYNCH AWARD FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS [grades 3-5]
Offered by Peggy Zuleika Lynch of Austin, for the best poem on any subject and in any form. 28 line limit.
49. THE HOCKADAY LOWER SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AWARD [grades 3-4]
Offered by The Hockaday Lower School of Dallas for the best poem dealing with the theme of environmental issues. 28 lines maximum. Hockaday students may not enter.
50. THE MARION CRUME POETRY AWARD [grades 1-3]
Offered by The Hockaday Lower School of Dallas for the best poem on any subject and in any form. 28 lines maximum. Hockaday students may not enter.
51. THE UNITED DAY SCHOOL ELEMENTARY POET AWARD [grades 1-3]
Offered by Hilda Trevino for a poem of no more than 28 lines on any subject and in any form.
52. THE POETRY SOCIETY OF TEXAS ELEMENTARY AWARD [grades 1-3]
Offered by PST for a poem of no more than 28 lines on any subject and in any form.
53. THE GENEVIEVE BOYD STEWART AWARD [grades 1-3]
Established in the will of Estelle Stewart in memory of Genevieve Boyd Stewart, for the best poem on any subject, and in any form. 28 line limit.



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