2017 Poetry to Bridge Generations Contest

For the eighth consecutive year, Omaha Public Library is proud to co-sponsor the Poetry to Bridge Generations Contest. The contest, hosted by the University of Nebraska Omaha Department of Gerontology, encourages local youth and elders to exchange information on life span in relation to aging and reflect on their beliefs about aging and their role in their own aging. Poets over 50 years old or in grades 7-12 are asked to submit two original poems about:

  • how the world views or how society treats older people
  • how the world views or how society treats teenagers

This year the contest will accept submissions between April 15 and October 6, 2017. The top three elder and youth poets will each win a cash prize and be asked to read one of their poems aloud at the Winners Celebration & Poetry Slam on October 15, from 1-3 p.m., on the UNO Dodge Campus.

Submissions should include the following information in the upper right corner:

    1. Elder Track or Youth Track
    2. Full name, address, phone, and email address
    3. Poem title

Poems can be emailed to unospochapter@unomaha.edu or mailed to:
Attn: Sigma Phi Omega Poetry
UNO Department of Gerontology
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182

Questions should be directed to unospochapter@unomaha.edu or 402.554.2272. The Poetry to Bridge Generations Contest is also sponsored by Omaha Public Schools and the Nebraska Writers Collective.

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