The Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award is open to all high school students across the country. Each young writer may submit two poems on any subject and in any form as long as their submission does not exceed 10 pages in length. The deadline for entering this annual contest is June 1st.

The award was established in 1983 in Poughkeepsie, New York, by the Seaman family in honor of their daughter and sister, Claudia, a young poet. With the help of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County and the Teenreads.com website, the award, a national competition open to all students in grades 9 through 12, is held each year to encourage, support, and promote young writers. With a $500 cash prize and publication of the winning poem in the literary journal HANGING LOOSE, it is hoped that the Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award will help keep interest in reading and writing poetry alive and well at the high school level. We hope that English and writing teachers and librarians and other mentors working with young people will use the award as an incentive and as evidence of the viability of a literary life.

Thank you, mentors, for your help in getting the word out to young writers. And thank you, young poets, for participating.

Here’s all the information:

Who: Students in grades 9 – 12

What: The Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award

How: Each participant may submit two poems

When: Deadline: All entries must be received by June 1st

Award: $500 and publication in HANGING LOOSE

Award Announcement: Fall

Each entry must contain the following information:

• Student name, address, phone number and email address.

• School name, address, and phone number.

• Name of student’s English or writing teacher.

Mail entries to:

The Claudia Ann Seaman Poetry Award
c/o The Community Foundation of Dutchess County
80 Washington Street, Suite 201
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Or submit through Teenreads.com via email at: Contests@teenreads.com

For additional information, contact Donna Seaman, email: dseaman7 [at] aol.com.

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