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JHU Montgomery County Campus Supports Book Festival's Poetry Contest

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The Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus is proud to announce it is again sponsoring the Gaithersburg Book Festival writing contest for high school students.

Except this time, it’s a poetry contest, not a short story contest.

“2019 marks a milestone year for the Book Festival,” said Jud Ashman, festival chair and mayor of the City of Gaithersburg. “We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary. We decided to shake things up a bit, replacing our short story contest and giving our young, aspiring poets a chance to shine. We can’t wait to showcase the work of the talented high school students in our region.

Prizes are provided courtesy of the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, which also sponsors the festival. First, second and third place winners will receive $250, $100 and $50 gift certificates, respectively.

Up to 12 poems will be selected as finalists and posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website, where the public will be able to vote for their favorite. The fan favorite will receive a $25 gift certificate.

“We are so grateful for the long-standing support of JHU in our endeavors to foster new generations of writers and poets,” Ashman said.

Winners will be announced at the book festival on Saturday, May 18. The festival is held on city hall grounds in Gaithersburg.

To participate in the poetry contest, students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 at a public or private school, or be in a homeschool program, for the 2018-19 school year. Entrants must reside in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia.

Poems must be typed in 12 point Times New Roman and may not exceed one page in length. Each student may submit one poem. The poem must be the original work of the student and must not have been previously published online or in print.

Poems must be submitted electronically via web form by midnight Thursday, February 21.

Complete rules and regulations can be found on the poetry contest page of the festival website.

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