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2012 Will Power Poetry Contest

March 1, 2012 - 1:38 PM

Riverside Theatre and MidWestOne Bank present…

The 2012 Will Power Poetry Contest

For Grades 7-12

Words Out of the Box

(Sonnet if you want it)

Whether it be slam-style, sonnets or Robert Frost, it all comes down to the Word!

Out of the box and onto the page—we want to hear what you have to say.

This year Riverside Theatre is expanding its Will Power Poetry Contest to include POETRY OF ALL KINDS—from hip-hop to punk rock, Shakespearean to Langston Hughes.

So, what's YOUR word?


Here’s how to enter:           

1.      Submit your poem on one side of an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper. Do not include your name here.

2.      On the flipside, write or type your initials followed by your birth date. (By doing this you are assured anonymity when the judges look at your work.)  

3.      Next, fill out the Entry & Release Form.  Click here to download the entry & release form. Any evidence of plagiarism will disqualify the entry.

4.      Final step!  Deliver your poem and Entry Form by APRIL 10, 2012 to:

Will Power Coordinator, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St. Iowa City IA 52245

OR send as an email attachment to [email protected]

  • Contest winners—in Jr. High and High School categories—will receive 2 free tickets to the special Will Power performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It on Thursday, June 14 at the Festival Stage in Iowa City’s lower City Park.  Winners will be recognized at the performance.  Family members may purchase additional tickets.
  • Winning poems will be printed in the summer playbill, and selected entries will be proudly displayed at MidWestOne Bank and at the Iowa City Public Library.
  • Riverside Theatre will notify all winners.
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