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Poetry contest launched for area students

Journal Opinion of Bradford, Vermont

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WELLS RIVER — The first annual Bayley-Hazen Poetry Prize will be awarded this April in honor of National Poetry Month, according to an announcement made by Kate Maver of Wells River. The winner will receive a $200 cash prize and dozens of poems by area students will be reviewed by the Poet Laureates in the Twin States.

High school students from Blue Mountain Union School, Oxbow High School and Woodsville High School are competing for the prize. Students from all three schools have submitted original poetry, which is being judged by Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice B. Fogel.

Students from the three schools submitted a total of 58 poems this year and poems from all three schools have made it through the first round of judging. The winning poem will be announced on or around April 22 at the winning poet's home school. Several honorable mentions will also be announced.

"This competition is an opportunity for student poets to share their work and to have their own moment of glory," said Kate Maver, who founded the prize. "We want to ensure a healthy, thriving environment for the arts and humanities in our schools."

Maver said that the hope is to make the poetry contest and prize award an annual event.

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Original Publication Date: April 8, 2015

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