Rockland Public Library and Poetry Month Rockland have announced that this year’s celebration of poetry is under way, beginning with a call for entries for the Poetry Month Rockland 2012 Poetry Contest. The contest is open to adults (age 20 and older), teens and children (age 4 to 12) within the state of Maine. This year’s theme is Seasons of Maine.

Poems may be submitted beginning March 19; all poems must arrive at the Rockland Public Library no later than April 1. There is no fee to enter the contest, and prizes will be awarded in all three age categories. Poets will be invited to read their winning poems at the Poetry Swarm, to be held Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Poets get to decide how they creatively interpret the theme Seasons of Maine but may not write outside it. Adults and teens may enter a children’s poem, i.e. a poem written for children, but it should be submitted in their applicable age category. Teen and Adult entries must be typed on one sheet of standard computer/typing paper, single spaced and in a simple 12 point font. Poets are limited to one poem, so poets are advised to send in their best work (and not their only copy). Children entering may write the poems in long hand on lined paper as long as the poems are neat and readable.

Name and phone number or email address; title of the poem; and category must be written on a 3-by-5 inch index card and attached to the poem. Names must not appear on the poems themselves as the judging is blind. Prizes and/or certificates will be awarded to first and second place and honorable mention. In case of a tie, an additional prize may be awarded wherever possible.

Submissions may be dropped off at the library circulation desk or mailed to Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., Rockland, ME 04841. For more information, call the library at 594-0310 or send email to pking@ci.rockland.me.us.