Hey Neighbor, Got a Poem?


It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,

A beautiful day for a neighbor . . .

Since we're together we might as well say:

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?

Won't you be my neighbor?

Won't you please,

Won't you please?

Please won't you be my neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor 
by Fred M. Rogers


With over 80 designated neighborhoods, Denver is flush with friendly corners, hidden gems, and sketchy stretches. Tell us about yours!

The Denver County Fair Poetry Contest, in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Tattered Cover Book Store, is looking for poems on the theme of Neighborhood. 

Poems may be any style and length — but must relate to the Neigborhood theme. Contest is open to any adult with a Colorado address. Poems must be previously unpublished and have not received awards in other competitions. One poem per entry fee. Multiple entries accepted. All judging is blind.

Poems are read by a panel of literary professionals, including Vicki Hellmer, Dee McDonald and Joseph Hutchison - Colorado’s Poet Laureate!

Deadline:  July 15, 2016.

First Place: Blue Ribbon + Lighthouse Writers Workshop Gift Certificate + Tattered Cover Gift Token + $20 + featured in Poetry Performance

Second Place: Red Ribbon + Tattered Cover Gift Token + featured in Poetry Performance

Third Place: White Ribbon + Tattered Cover Gift Token + featured in Poetry Performance

Finalists: Tattered Cover Gift Token + Featured in Poetry Performance  

BONUS! Winning poems will be displayed as public art installations as part of Write Denver, a cool new project of Lighthouse Writers. 

How to Enter: 

1. Get Competition Info here:  http://www.denvercountyfair.org/#!enter/c1ila

2. Use the online entry form to pay your $5 fee: http://www.21stcenturyfairs.com/denver-county-fair.html.
This provides you with FREE ADMISSION to the Fair.

3. Submit your poem by July 15 via email to: poetry@denvercountyfair.org.

Include your name, address, telephone number and confirmation code (proof of payment).

Attach the poem in a Word Document or paste in the body of your email.

Winning poems will be on display at the Denver County Fair, July 29 - 31 2016, and winners and finalists are invited to read their poems at the Denver County Fair Poetry Performance on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Poem Entry Deadline: July 15, 2016

Finalists Announced: July 28, 2016 by email

Winners Announced: Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Denver County Fair

Winning Poems Displayed at the Denver County Fair, July 29 - 31, 2016

Winners & Finalists Poetry Performance: 12pm on Sunday, July 31, 2016


For more info: Drew Myron, Director of Poetry, poetry@denvercountyfair.org