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Pelham Library Launches Sixth Annual Poetry Contest

The Pelham Library has opened its sixth annual poetry prize contest.
The Pelham Library has opened its sixth annual poetry prize contest. Photo Credit: Justin Stock

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Pelham Public Library is now accepting entries for its sixth annual James J. Nicholson Political Poetry Prize competition.

The contest is open to Pelham middle and high school students as well as all adults who live in Westchester County.

The winner of the adult competition, to be judged by poet Joshua Mehigan, will receive $500. The prize for the high school winner is $150. The middle school winner will get $100.

Poems must be submitted by Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18. Poets and poetry readers will select the winning poems.

Winners and runner-ups will be invited to a reading and reception April 11 at the library, 530 Colonial Ave.

The competition was created to remember longtime resident James Nicholson and is funded by his widow, Peggy Nicholson, and his family.

Nicholson made contributions toward the construction of the library and served on board of trustees.

Click here for a list of rules and submission guidelines.

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