Ends on January 31, 2017

What Does it Mean to Express Yourself?

Paint, pencils, crayons and InDesign – use your favorite medium to design a book cover for the annual Express Yourself Youth Poetry Competition winners’ anthology.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

  • Competition begins September 19, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017
  • One finalist will be selected to have their artwork appear on the cover of the 21st edition of the Express Yourself! poetry competition anthology
  • 4 honorable mention finalists will have their artwork on the back cover
  • All finalists will be invited to an award ceremony on April 27, 2017
  • All qualified artwork will be judged on originality & theme.
  • All qualified art will be judged separately in the following grade categories: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12.
  • All finalists will be notified by email by March 31, 2017

RULES ........ Please read carefully.

  1. Artwork must be the artist’s own work and may not be submitted without the artist’s knowledge and consent.
  2. All artist’s must be in grades 2-12 and live in the City of Dallas or attend a Dallas school.
  3. All entries must be received or postmarked (if mailed) by January 31, 2017. No entries will be returned.
  4. Artwork should be on vertical (portrait orientation).
  5. Any drawing or painting medium, including pencil, watercolors, crayons and acrylic, may be used. Non-reflective sturdy paper such as watercolor paper or card stock is preferred. Art may be submitted online in high-resolution .jpeg or .pdf formats
  6. Any graphic design software, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator or open-source product, can be used. Files must be saved in .jpeg or .pdf format.
  7. Only one submission per artist.
  8. Drawings that are copied, traced or that adults helped create, unfinished drawings, and those with incomplete information will be disqualified.
  9. All entries become the property of The Dallas Foundation and the Dallas Public Library. The Library is granted permission to use the drawings at its discretion.
Art may also be dropped off at any Dallas Public Library location. Attach the completed entry form found at www.dallaslibrary.org/poetry

For more information, contact: poetry@dallaslibrary.org

How Do You Express Yourself?

Submit your original poem to the 21st annual Express Yourself! Youth Poetry Competition. Finalists will be recognized at a ceremony during National Poetry Month in April and have their poems published in an anthology.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

  • 60 finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony on April 27, 2017 and have their work published by the Dallas Public Library in a bound anthology.
  • One finalist will be selected to receive the Joe M. and Doris Russell Dealey Fund Award of Achievement and two finalists will each receive a Junior Award.
  • All qualified poems will be judged on originality and structure.
  • All qualified poems will be judged separately in the following grade categories: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12.
  • All finalists will be notified by mail by March 31, 2017.

RULES ........ Please read carefully.

  1. Poems must be the writer’s own work and may not be submitted without the poet’s knowledge and consent.
  2. All poets must be in grades 2-12 and live in the City of Dallas or attend a Dallas school.
  3. All entries must be received or postmarked (if mailed) by January 31, 2017. No entries will be returned.
  4. Entries must not exceed 20 lines.
  5. Only one entry per poet.
  6. Poems accepted in English and in Spanish.
  7. All entries become the property of The Dallas Foundation & Dallas Public Library.
  8. For complete rules, visit www.dallaslibrary.org/poetry
Poems may also be dropped off at any Dallas Public Library location. Attach the completed entry form found at www.dallaslibrary.org/poetry

For more information, contact: poetry@dallaslibrary.org