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December 10, 2013

Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry

OKLAHOMA CITY — The 39th annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is accepting entries for the 2014 Senior Poetry Contest.

“The poetry contest is always a highlight of conference,” said Katherine McRae, Aging Services community relations unit head. “Each year, we receive hundreds of entries from around the state, and we really enjoy the talent and creativity of the writers.”

Contestants are encouraged to submit works that reflect the conference’s theme “Inspired Living.” Winners will be invited to read their poems and be recognized at an awards luncheon May 20 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.

Each poem must be the original, individual work of the contestant; only one poem may be submitted. Contestants must be current Oklahoma residents and must have been at least 60 years old when writing the poem. No previously published work can be submitted.

Entries should be typed, 12-point font minimum, and include a cover sheet with the poem’s title, contestant’s name, address, phone number, email address and category (men’s or women’s). Do not include the contestant’s name or other identifying information on the poem. Handwritten entries will be accepted, if legible.

The submission deadline is Jan. 31. Email entries to asd.poetry@okdhs.org or mail to Senior Poetry Contest, DHS Aging Services, 2401 NW 23rd St., Ste. 40, Oklahoma, OK 73107.

For complete contest information, call the Senior Info-Line at 800-211-2116 or DHS Aging Services at 521-2281.

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