The Annual Times Contest for Santa Cruz County Residents
Whether it’s love that has stood the test of time, the rush of young love, or the memory of love lost, that’s what we celebrate every February 14, Valentine’s Day. . What could be more romantic than expressing through your own poetry that special Love to read for your loved one (and for our readers). So it’s time to write it down and submit your poem about those tender feelings and romantic thoughts to our annual poetry contest.
Times Publishing Group is sponsoring its 19th Annual Times Publishing Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest to recognize four local poets (and their loved ones) throughout Santa Cruz County and encourage them to go public with their sentiments on the occasion of St. Valentine.
Last year, Times Publishing’s annual Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest drew poems from Watsonville to Boulder Creek. Some funny, some romantic, some touching and some… well, you know… As usual, a winning poem was chosen for each of our three journals; the Aptos Times, the Capitola Soquel Times and the Scotts Valley Times.
Express your love – in 250 words or less – (see “Contest Rules” for details) and tell the world what makes your Valentine special!
2019 Poetry Contest Rules
(Open to Santa Cruz County residents only!)
Please read carefully
Write a poem about or to your Valentine. There is NO credit for formatting. Submit it by email to [email protected] with Poetry Contest as the subject, or mail it to 9601 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA 95003. Only one poem per poet and no more than 250 words and 25 lines.
Be sure to include your name, address, daytime and evening phone numbers, email address, and who (fiancée, spouse, parent, child, lost love, etc.) your poem is written for.
The 2019 prices will be announced soon.
We welcome all submissions from Santa Cruz County residents. The Times Publishing editorial team will select the winners as follows:
- South County for the Aptos Times – Watsonville, Freedom, Corralitos
- Mid-county for the Capitola Soquel Times – Capitola, Soquel, Santa Cruz and Davenport
- Santa Cruz Mountains for the Scotts Valley Times – Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley, Bonny Doon, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek
Entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019. The winner will be notified no later than Friday, February 9. Please email or call us at 831/688-7549 if you have any questions. The winning poems will be published in the March 1 editions of our three newspapers.
2018 Winners: Grand Prize: Tom Trujillo from La Selva beach for the Aptos Times. • Travis Deyoung of Santa Cruz for the Capitola Soquel Times • Donna Kannal of Scotts Valley for the Scotts Valley Times
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