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Poetry Contest - Central Indiana: Official Rules

The Ivy Tech Libraries of Central Indiana are sponsor the annual poetry contest each February - April.

Official Rules

Ivy Tech Library Poetry Contest

Official Rules:

All official Ivy Tech Community College Student Code of Conduct rules apply.  Void where prohibited.  Ivy Tech reserves the right to reject submissions with inappropriate content based on the Student Code of Conduct.

  1. Eligibility

The contest is open to all Ivy Tech Community College students currently enrolled at the North Meridian and Lawrence campuses.  Students must be in good academic standing and remain enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College during the term of the contest period in order to be eligible for prizes.  Previous first prize winners are not eligible to apply.  Faculty, staff, affiliates, and their immediate families are not eligible to apply.

All poetry must be original work.  Any submissions that appear to be plagiarized will be disqualified.

Entrants may not submit group or collaborative work.  Please submit individual work only.

  1. Sponsor

The contest is sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College libraries, 50 W. Fall Creek Pkwy. North Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208-5752. 

  1. Agreement to Official Rules

Participation requires entrants to fully and unconditionally agree to and accept the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding.  Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with the official rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

  1. Contest Period

The contest starts Monday, January 27, 2020 and ends Friday, February 28, 2020.  All entries must be complete and submitted before the deadline.  Any incomplete submissions or entries past the due date will not be considered for judging.

  1. How to Enter

Submit the official contest cover sheet and poems in person to either of the Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana Libraries (North Meridian, Lawrence), or submit via email to ivytechpoetry@gmail.com before the due date. 

  1.  Entries must include the completed official cover sheet, available for download at http://library.ivytech.edu/poetrycontest, or in person at either of the above locations.
  2. Entries must be typed in a Microsoft Word document. 
  3. The typed poems should NOT contain any identifying information (name, email, phone number, etc.).
  4. If submitting electronically, each poem must be a separate file attachment.
  5. All poems must have a title.  Please use a unique title that can be easily identified.
  6. Please use at least a 12 pt font.  Poems and cover sheets that are illegible will not be considered.
  7. Contestants may only submit three (3) poems for judging.

  1. Judging

Judging begins March 1, 2020 and ends March 31, 2020.  Entries will be judged on topic development, use of language and imagery, overall impact, technical aspects (grammar, spelling, etc.), and overall impression/aesthetic.  Judges’ decisions are final.  In the event of a tie, judges will confer and vote to determine a winner.

  

  1. Prizes

Winners will be notified either by their Ivy Tech email or by phone by the program director.  Once notifications have been given, the winners will be posted to the library website and on the library guide:  http://library.ivytech.edu/poetrycontest

The first place winner will receive a free 3-credit hour class at Ivy Tech and publication in New Voices, the Ivy Tech Community College student magazine. 

The second place winner will receive a $50 scholarship applied to their student account for use towards course credit and publication in New Voices, the Ivy Tech Community College student magazine. 

The third place winner will receive a $25 scholarship applied to their student account for use towards course credit and publication in New Voices, the Ivy Tech Community College student magazine.

Prizes must be used in the Summer or Fall semesters following the contest. Prizes are non-transferable and non-redeemable for cash. No substitutions of the prizes are permitted.

Prizes can only be used towards course credits. Students who have already maximized their financial aid or are receiving total fee remission will be unable to receive the scholarships. If this unique situation arises, the student will not receive a prize, but will still have their poem published in New Voices

Prizes are non-transferable and subject to change at the organization's discretion.