Submit Your Poems for Elgin Poetry Project

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The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission is accepting submissions from writers of all ages for the first Elgin Pop-Up Poetry Project.

Published and unpublished poets throughout the greater Chicago area are invited to submit a poem for consideration. Submissions will be accepted during April, National Poetry Month, and are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 29.

The theme for this year's project is Icons of Elgin, which could be a person, place or thing. Selected poems will be enlarged and displayed in tandem with photography from Elgin's 1440 Photo Project at government buildings, downtown storefront windows and other public places during the summer.

Final selections will be published in a special commemorative book to celebrate the event. This project is sponsored by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, City of Elgin, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and the Palmer Foundation.

Only one poem per author will be considered. The poem can be no more than 10 lines, not including the title. The poem can be an existing work or a new poem. Poems must have proper spelling and punctuation before submission. No special formatting will be accepted that includes graphics or unusual symbols. Standard indentation, justification, spacing will be reproduced as close as possible to the submitted poem. …