Poetry contest opens

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Artists Embassy International has announced its 26th annual poetry contest.

Poets will read at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Sept. 26.

Three grand prizes will be awarded: $100 each plus each poem will be choreographed, costumed and performed live during the Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco. Each poet will received a video of the performance.

Gandhi to Althya Youngman, the contest founder, said, “It is the artists of the world that will bring world peace.”

Six first prizes of $50 will be awarded. Twelve poets will receive $25 second prizes. Thirty poets will be awarded $10 third prizes.

There is no limit to the number of entries a poet may send; however, there are fees of $5 for one poem, $10 for three poems, to be paid by entrants.

Each poem is limited in length to 40 lines. Entries must be received by April 15, and no poems will be returned.

Poets should send two, typed, clear copies of each entry, with show name, address, telephone number, email and how they heard about the contest on one copy only. The anonymous copy goes to the judges. Judges’ decisions are final.

Poems must be in English or include English translation.

Make checks payable to Artists Embassy International and send entries and payment to AEI Contest Chair Judy Cheung, 704 Brigham Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

For information, visitwww.dancingpoetry.com.