This year is the 20th anniversary of our poetry contest and is dedicated to our beloved former editor Noel Smith.
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 send us your poem about those tender feelings and romantic thoughts.
We encourage you to go public with your feelings as you celebrate Valentine’s Day.
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. Each winner will receive a gift card to a local restaurant in their area.
2020 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 subject, or mail it to 9601 Soquel Dr. Ste. A, 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.
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, Aptos
- 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 and Bonny Doon.
Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020.
The winner will be notified no later than Wednesday, February 12. Please email [email protected] 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.
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