Season Eight of Project Poet set to begin

Release Date: 9/13/2013

Tuesday nights at Ozarks are about to get a lot more interesting. Project Poet, the annual campus poetry competition, will kick off its eighth season at 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Black Box Theatre.

Project Poet

Project Poet challenges students to draw on their creative writing skills and their wit, and is open to students from any program on campus.

Contestants are given a different challenge each week, and on the evening of competition they read their entries before a panel of three faculty/staff judges as well as the audience, which acts as the fourth judge. When all votes are tallied, one contestant wins immunity for the next week's challenge, while two or three others go "out of print."

For their first challenge, contestants will write a poem that conveys the emotional truth about a childhood memory from the perspective of adulthood. 

Deadline for students interested in entering the competition is noon on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Then, each contestant will present their poems live during the Project Poet season premiere that night.

Each week the challenges will get increasingly more difficult as contestants draw nearer to winning the cash prizes offered to the top five finalists. The fifth-place winner will receive $100; fourth-place $150; third-place $250; second-place $500; and, this year, Project Poet ups the ante with an impressive $1,000 grand prize for the overall winner, along with the title of Poet Laureate of the Spadra Valley.

For more information about the competition, including details about each challenge and a list of the winning poets for each week, visit http://www.ozarks.edu/ProjectPoet.