Poetry contest

Earth Day Poetry Contest Returns to Solvang’s Wildling Museum | Lifestyles

The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature has opened entries for its annual Earth Day Poetry Contest, which this year has “Climate Change: Our Impact” as its theme.

Santa Barbara County writers of all ages are invited to submit poetry that interprets the effects of climate change and humanity’s role in the issue.

According to the contest guidelines, the contest aims to honor Earth Day while highlighting the importance of standing up to protect the planet’s dwindling natural resources and combat the threats of climate change.

Former Santa Barbara Poets Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle (2015-17) and Chryss Yost (2013-15) will judge the entries.

Writers 17 and under and adult submissions will be judged in separate categories.

The deadline for submitting work for review is Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m.

The first prize for adult poetry is $200; second prize is $100; and third prize is a family membership to the Wildling Museum.

The first prize for young poets is $100; second prize is $50; and third prize is a family membership to the Wildling Museum.

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