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Deadline for entries is April 30, 2023

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Write an original poem using this year's 2023 Earth Day Staunton theme:

Plant LOCAL. Think Global:

Gardening for Nature



  •  Poem needs to be written based on the theme:

Plant LOCAL. Think GLOBAL: Gardening for Nature

  •  Poems should be no more than 250 words and fit on one page

  •  Create one-page poem in Word document with no illustrations.

Include a title with your poem and your name under the title

  • Include a cover page with the title of poem, your full name, category you are entering

(Adult, MS/HS, Elementary), email address, physical address, and phone number

or mail to Shenandoah Green, 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton, VA  24401

  • If you email poem, in the subject line write "Earth Day Poetry Contest"

(followed by your last name and category you are entering)

EXAMPLE:  Earth Day Poetry Contest Hess Adult

  • Poems should be postmarked or emailed by midnight, April 30, 2023

  • Educators, if your whole class writes poems, please do not

send every poem. Send only the top four poems of your class.

  • Winners will be chosen from three categories:

Elementary    |    Middle/High School    |    Adult

Winners of the Elementary, and Middle/High School level

will receive gift certificates.

Winners of the adult category will receive:

First Place . . . . . .  $50

Second Place . . . . $40

Third Place . . . . . . $30

Prizes will only be awarded to contestants living in the United States

with U.S. addresses.

Gift certificates will be from local Staunton, VA businesses

  • Please send only one submission written by the person whose name is on the poem

and presently lives at the address included.

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