- Young Poet's Contest Accepting Submissions February 15, 2016
The John G. Neihardt Foundation is now accepting submissions of poetry from young writers for the annual Neihardt Young Poet's Contest. The annual contest honors the legacy of John G. Neihardt, Nebraska's Poet Laureate in Perpetuity, and the writer best known for his book Black Elk Speaks.
The contest is open to all Middle School/Junior High and High School students in Nebraska and Iowa.
Winners in both categories receive a cash prize of $50, $25, or $15 as well as have their work published in the Neihardt newsletter.
The first place winner is invited to read their poem at the annual Neihardt Spring Conference in April.
Poems must utilize any of the themes emphasized by Neihardt - cultures and heroes of the West, including but not limited to Native Americans, explorers, trappers, and pioneers and the western landscape and natural environment. Entries are judged on originality and the sense of the craft of poetry shown in the work. Poems can be any length or form.
Entries must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, and not entered simultaneously in another competition. No more than one entry per student. There is no entry fee, but submissions must be made with the student's name, address, grade and age, teacher and school name and address and a contact phone number.
Entries can be mailed to the Neihardt Foundation, P.O. Box 344, Bancroft, NE 68004 or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, or to request a printed submission form, please call 1-888-777-4667. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2016, and winners will be notified by March 15.
For more information, please contact the Neihardt State Historic Site at 1-402-648-3388 or 1-888-777-4667 or by email at email@example.com. Visit the site at 306 W. Elm Street, Bancroft, NE.