Art Spaces, Inc.-Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection and Indiana State University Community School of the Arts encourage poets and aspiring poets to enter the 2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition.
The competition is open to individuals of all ages who live, work or attend school in the following Indiana counties: Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo.
There is no fee to enter. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Entries must be postmarked or delivered by Feb. 14.
The theme of the 2014 contest is “treasures.” Participants are encouraged to submit original works that approach this theme in a unique way.
Up to two poems per contestant will be accepted. The contest will be judged by an Indiana poet.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage the writing of new poetry as a contemporary art form deeply rooted in tradition, to foster an interdisciplinary connection between art forms, and to honor Max Ehrmann, an internationally renowned regional poet whose works were inspired by the treasures of his own life: his community, its natural surroundings and the people in it.
A life-size bronze sculpture of the poet (Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads), by West Terre Haute artist Bill Wolfe, was installed in 2010 in Terre Haute as part of the Art Spaces collection. It is located at Seventh Street and Wabash Avenue in the Arts Corridor at the Crossroads of America.
For an entry form visit Art Spaces, or ISU Community School of the Arts, www.unbounded
possibilities.com/community-school-of-the-arts/creative-writing/ehrmann-poetry-contest.aspx, write to email@example.com or call Art Spaces at 812-235-2801 or ISU Community School of the Arts at 812-237-2575.
Completed entry forms and poems must be delivered or mailed to: Art Spaces, Inc., 669 Ohio St., Terre Haute, IN 47807. Poems not postmarked or delivered by Feb. 14 will not be considered.
Readings by the winners, and a selection of works by the professional poet adjudicating the competition, will take place at a public awards ceremony to be held at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College at 5:30 p.m. April 16. April is National Poetry Month. Winning entries will be exhibited at the Vigo County Public Library throughout the month of April.
The competition is sponsored by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with added support from Arts Illiana, Barnes & Noble at Indiana State University, Big Picture, Center for Community Engagement at Indiana State University, Creative Writing Committee of the Indiana State University Department of English, Delta Kappa Gamma, Downtown Terre Haute, Inc., The Golden Frame, River Wools, Vigo County Historical Society and Wise Pies.