Save The Whales encourages children up to and including age 13 to submit poems for inclusion in a poetry book the organization is putting together for publication. The idea for a book came about because Save The Whales has received inspiring poems by children. Poems from previous contests may be viewed here.
If you are a child age 13 or younger and have written an original poem, or love whales and would like to write a poem, please submit it to Save The Whales by emailing Maris Sidenstecker at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Save The Whales – Poem Entry, 1192 Waring Street, Seaside, CA 93955. Be sure to put your name and age, address, phone number and email address on the entry. Please give your poem a title.
If your poem is selected, a parent will have to sign a release giving Save The Whales permission to use the child’s original work. For a poem to appear on their website, only an email confirmation from a parent is required.
If you want to write a whale poem or any kind of poem, here are some things you’ll want to know. A poem is like a tiny story. Something’s always left out of a poem, not just because it’s a small bit of writing but because you want to leave a spot where your reader can climb in! Not all poems rhyme but all poems have rhythm. It can be the sound of your heart beat, that quiet or the sound of a hundred people clapping together, making a pattern of sound.
PATRICE VECCHIONE’S “RULES” FOR WRITING POEMS:
1. Your poem doesn’t have to make logical sense.
2. Don’t plan what you’re going to write. Let yourself be surprised. Write your poem word by word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence.
3. Your imagination is ENORMOUS! Trust it to help you out.
4. Be foolish. (That’s often when we write our best.)
5. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar or neatness. (Of course, they’re important but not in a first draft.)
6. There is no wrong way to write a poem.
After you’ve written your poem, read it over to yourself, be sure it feels right, sounds right. Then put it away for a day or two. When you read it again you may want to make changes. You may notice you left something out that you’d thought was there. Now rewrite it and make sure to spell the words correctly. Check your grammar and punctuation.
Be sure to include on your entry:
• name and age,
• mailing address,
• phone number,
• email address, and
• give your poem a title.
Who: Kids 13 and under
What: Submit a poem to the 2008 Save the Whales book of poems
When: Deadline is December 31, 2008
[photo by pats0n via flickr]