State Parks announces poetry contest

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By Holly Tabor

The News-Enterprise

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Park System is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, and guests are encouraged to help celebrate by getting outdoors, visiting the parks and writing about it. The Kentucky State Parks 85th Anniversary Poetry Contest is open to all ages, divided into three categories: 11 and under, 12-18 and 19 and over. Any poetry style may be used, but poets are asked to use a theme that is some way related to the natural, cultural or historical aspects of state parks. The deadline for entries is Nov. 2. Winners will be announced by Dec. 31. The top prize in each age category will be a $50 Kentucky State Park gift card. There also will be prizes for 2nd and 3rd places in each age category. All winners and honorable mentions age 18 and under will receive a free admission coupon to a state park fort, museum or historic site of their choice. Winning poems will be posted on the state park Web site. Poems have to be submitted in writing; please provide two copies. Mail entries to the Kentucky Department of Parks, c/o Poetry Contest, 500 Mero Street – 10th floor, Frankfort, Ky. 40601. There is a limit on length and all works must include a title and be the original work of the entrant. A complete list of rules as well as the official entry form, which must accompany all entries, is available at www.parks.ky.gov.