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BANDON/PORT ORFORD - “Write a Poem – Make a Difference” is the message SpotLines zine staff take into middle and high school classrooms in preparation for a Youth Poetry Awards program that includes a contest and publication.

SpotLines, quarterly zine, features poetry and art of the southern Oregon coast. To mentor young writers, SpotLines staff teach and jury a poetry contest with awards support from Bandon, Langlois and Port Orford libraries, and publication of a youth issue backed by Bandon and Port Orford Rotary organizations.

Any student in Bandon, Langlois-Port Orford middle and high school districts, including home study is eligible to submit haiku, quatrain or free verse rhymed or un-rhymed up to 20 lines. There is no assigned topic.

Original submissions, up to three per entrant, must be typed or printed on standard 8.5 x 11 sheet of white paper, with entrant’s name, age, mailing address and phone number in the upper right corner. 

Poems may be mailed or delivered to Bandon Public Library, 1204 11th St. SW, Bandon, OR 97411, Attn: SpotLines Youth Poetry Awards, no later than Friday, April 5.

An awards presentation will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Bandon Public Library’s Sprague Room, 1204 11th St. SW. Winners will read their poems and be awarded trophy plaques, cash prizes and certificates. Family, friends and poetry lovers are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

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