Contest Rules

JURIED POETRY CONTEST RULES

1. PURPOSE
The Juried Poetry Contest will celebrate the grand opening of Hayward's 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza in Spring 2018. Original works of poetry on the theme, "Hayward: Past, Present, Future" may be entered for consideration in one of the following two categories:

  1. Poetry (text only)
  2. Graphic (text+design, see specifications)

2. ELIGIBILITY
Entrants must live, work, attend school or otherwise have a clear and demonstrable personal connection to Hayward, California.

3. ENTRIES 
Entries must be submitted by the creator of the original work. Only original, previously unpublished works will be considered. Limit one entry per person. 

4. DEADLINE
Entires are accepted from December 1, 2017 through January 30, 2018. Late entries will not be considered.

5. HOW TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY
Entries are submitted online through this website. The entry form can be found on the Entry Form page. Paper entries will not be accepted. If you are having problems with the entry form, or need help accessing a computer for completing the form, contact us.

6. SELECTION PROCESS
Entries will be reviewed by a juried panel. Award winners will be selected in each category on the basis of the quality of the work, relevance to theme, eligibility of entrant, etc., as determined by the panel. The panel's decisions are final.

7. AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS
Awards will be announced in March, 2018.

8. AWARD CEREMONY
Winning entries will be presented in a special ceremony at the 21st Century Library grand opening in Spring 2018.

9. COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER
All entries become the property of Friends of Hayward Library for publication purposes. By submitting an entry to this contest, the entrant agrees to release to Friends of Hayward Library nonexclusive rights to reproduce the submitted work in all languages, formats, media, and editions. 

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