Students in grades 1-12 invited to enter poetry contest


Students in grades 1-12 are invited to write a poem for the 5th annual World Creativity and Innovation Week Student Juried Showcase of Poetry to be held Sunday, April 18.
The center encourages young poets to share their inspiring words with other young people in northwest Indiana. A panel of experts will evaluate submitted works, choose the most creative poems and name 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place honors in each grade level.

A poet in the 2020 event.

If possible by April, the event will return to its traditional format, said William Halliar, chairperson of World Creativity and Innovation Week celebration. Hopefully, he said, the contest will be a live celebration at The Nest, 803 Franklin St., Michigan City. There, students will publicly share their creations.

Whether it’s a virtual or live event, top poets will also read their works on WIMS Radio and on Lake Shore Public Radio’s weekly program “Art on the Air.” Each are broadcast throughout northwest Indiana and beyond. In addition, top poems will be published in The Beacher, Michigan City’s weekly newspaper.
Contest organizers suggest that young poets reflect on their experiences in 2020, year of the pandemic. However, poems on any subject are welcome, Halliar said. “Tell us in verse, for instance, your thoughts and experiences of living through a year of pandemic. How does the threat make you feel? Have you learned anything about yourself, your family or your country? Share the new challenges that overtake you as you meet each day of your school experience in this new virtual world.”
Poems can be of any length, in any form: narrative, dramatic or lyrical, from Haiku to epic. “Don’t forget, songwriters; your lyrics are poetry as well so please consider sharing these with us,” Halliar said.
Poems must be submitted by midnight Wednesday, March 31. Email your entry to Include your full name/school/teacher’s name/grade level/age (this information will not be shared with the judges). Winners will be notified before April 18.
Questions may be directed to:
Bill Halliar:, 219-629-5853, or
Ester:, 219-262-5200
Sponsors for the contest as well as for World Creativity and Innovation Week are WIMS Radio and the Center for Creative Solutions, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging an innovative culture in northwest Indiana.

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