Bucks County Community College is searching for Bucks County’s next Poet Laureate.

The 42nd annual contest is the longest running poet laureate contest in Pennsylvania. The contest is directed by Bucks County Community College professors, Christopher Bursk and Ethel Rackin.

Entrants must be 18 or older and do not have to be students at Bucks County Community College. Previous poet laureates cannot enter this year’s contest.

BCCC Professors Ethel Rackin (left) and Christopher Bursk (right), directors of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program. 2017 poet laureate Katherine Hahn Falk (second from right) of Newtown, shown with 2016 poet laureate Laren McClung of Bensalem.

The winner will be selected by two judges. A preliminary judge will sift through the submissions and narrow them down before sending the remaining submission to the final judge.

The winner of the contest will receive $500 and the opportunity to read their poems at a ceremony and reception with former winners and runners-up.

The contest is free to enter, and entrants must submit ten original poems. The poems can be previously published or unpublished. Applicants must send an entry form with their poems.

The contest is open to all types of poetry, and entrants can submit poems of any length.

Submissions must be mailed to Bucks County Community College, located on 275 Swamp Road in Newtown, by September 5. Applicants can also drop off submissions to the college by September 7.

WBCB’s Katie Donahue contributed to this post.