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CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Poetry of Place

  • 15 May 2023
  • 12:00 AM
  • 20 Jun 2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS

In Collaboration with the Hancock County Library System, HANCOCK ARTS is sponsoring a poetry competition from May 15 through June 20. Categories are:

Youth:  12 and under
Teen:  13 - 18
Adult:  18+

Must be a resident of Hancock County. One entry per person. Entry forms are available at the Bay St. Louis Library and The Arts, Hancock County.  Or, you may print your own form with the following Info and attach to the upper lift of your poem and bring to Hancock Arts, or the BSL Library on or before June 20.


Please staple to top left corner of your poem.
One entry per person.  Please Print
Drop off at BSL Library, 312 Hwy. 90 or
The Arts, Hancock County, 405 Blaize Ave., Bay St Louis
Must be a resident of Hancock County

Name: __________________________________________

Poem Title: __________________________________________

Age: ___________                    Grade: ___________

Phone: ___________________________________

Email: ____________________________________

The above for contact information regarding contest, winning entries, or publication.


Parent Name (if entrant under 18 years)


Parent Signature

The theme is "Poetry of Place". We have many special places here in Hancock County: Old Towne, the Waveland pier, the waters of Pearlington, the Gulf, our churches, schools, community halls, our parents or grandparents' front porch, even the quiet spot under a shady magnolia tree in our own back yard. A very special place cound be deep in the Kiln, or deep in a childhood memory. There are so many special places here, all in our area. 

Where in our area do you feel a deep personal connection? What does living in Hancock County mean to you? Write a poem capturing the spirit, vitality, or charm of your very special Hancock County place.

Finalists will be notified, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will all be invited, along with their parents, to the awards ceremony on Friday, July 14 at 100 Men Hall.




405 Blaize Avenue
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Tuesday -Saturday

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