A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder. -- Susan Orlean

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014 GSD Writing Contest

It's back! The 2014 GSD Writing Contest, sponsored by True North Financial Services. Last year we had over 50 submissions, and we handed out cold, hard cash to the contest winners Kendylle Hutton, Kelsey Hebert and Merrie Benjamin.

Here are this year's rules:

*20-30 lines of rhyming verse
*The words "Greylock Snow Day" must appear in your poem
*The poem must celebrate winter, snow, snow days, etc.
*At the bottom of your poem, please write your full name, address, school and grade, and telephone number
*all poems must be typed and on one side of one 8.5x11" sheet of paper

That's it! Write a ballad, make an ode, create a lyric--the poem's form is up to you. Make us laugh, inspire us, move us--the GSD Staff is easy to please on many levels. And, yes, bonus points for those who attempt a regular meter! (Remember that it was Robert Frost who said about writing free verse poetry: "I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.") If you don't know what meter is, ask your teacher.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $300. Two runners-up will receive $100 each, courtesy of True North. The contest is open to students in grades Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

We're going to give you February vacation to work on your poem, but submissions must be postmarked by Sunday, February 23rd. And, yes, we're going old school with submissions. No email submissions this year. Submissions must be mailed to:

Greylock Snow Day
c/o Dils
228 Cold Spring Rd
Williamstown, MA 01267

Don't forget to write your name, address, school and grade, and phone number at the bottom of your poem so we can contact you if you win. Good luck!

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