Ordinary Odes Youth Poetry Contest

The poet Pablo Neruda wrote hundreds of poems, called odes, to ordinary things – bread and socks, scissors and salt, clouds and the colour green to name just a few.

 

YOUR CHALLENGE:
Write a poem of a page or less in praise or appreciation of something “ordinary,” something you might take for granted in your daily life but actually can’t imagine living without. It could be a tool, or toy, something you eat, or something you wear. Maybe it’s an element in your environment or a habitat you like to visit. Lavish all your word skills and attention on your chosen thing and make it sing with imagery and metaphor.

 

NEED IDEAS? Sign up for our Odestravaganza writing workshop February 4, 1:30-3pm at the Library.

 

PRIZES IN TWO AGE GROUPS:

Ages 8-10

1st: $50 Gift Card to West Coast Thick

2nd: 5 Recreation Complex Youth Passes

3rd: 2 Youth Film Passes to Patricia Theatre

Ages 11-13

1st: $50 Gift Card to West Coast Thick

2nd: 5 Recreation Complex Youth Passes

3rd: 2 Youth Film Passes to Patricia Theatre

 

DEADLINE: MARCH 17

 

ALL ENTRIES MUST FIT ON ONE STANDARD 8 ½ x 11 SHEET OF PAPER AND INCLUDE:

  1. title
  2. Your full name (first & last)
  3. Your age
  4. Contact information (a phone number and/or email)

 

SEND ENTRIES AND QUESTIONS BY EMAIL TO: szagwyn@prpl.ca

OR DELIVER TO THE LIBRARY at 4411MICHIGAN AVE.

 

Here’s an example of one of Neruda’s Odes:

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/ode-my-socks