Bucks County Community College’s is holding their 31st annual poetry contest for high school students. Bucks County’s 9th through 12th-grade students can submit three original poems by Friday, March 9 for a chance to win $300.

Dr. Ethel Rackin, co-director of Bucks County Poet Laureate Program, runs the Poet of the Year contest as well as a public reading reception on the Newtown campus. The winner, finalists, and runners-ups read one poem at the event.

Rackin sees the contest helping high school students, “Discover and develop a talent they may have realized they had.” She also believes those who participate may look “impressive” when applying to colleges.

An anthology, Writes of Passage, will be published with the winner’s poems and one poem from each entrant, which will be distributed at the reading.

“Mentioning the contest, public reading, and anthology on college applications will demonstrate initiative, writing skills, and public speaking experience,” Rackin added.

Each participant must submit three original poems with a free entry form, which can be obtained from www.bucks.edu/poets, from high school English teachers, or from the college’s Language & Literature Department at 215-968-8150.  Entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 9 or delivered by 4 p.m.that day to:

  • Bucks County High School Poet of the Year Contest
    • Department of Language and Literature, Grupp Hall 105

The contest will be judged by the current Bucks County Poet Laureate Katherine Hahn Falk and the 2016 poet laureate Laren McClung, To learn more about the Bucks County Poet High School Poet of the Year program, visit www.bucks.edu/poets. For more information, contact Dr. Ethel Rackin atethel.rackin@bucks.edu.