The purpose of the contest is to acknowledge the creative talent of social workers and to draw attention to social work as a profession. “Hosting the national poetry contest here in Iowa City is a natural extension of what the School of Social Work has been doing for decades," says faculty member Mercedes Bern-Klug, a founder of the poetry contest. "We have a 23 year track record of offering a Creative Writing Seminar for social workers and the University of Iowa is known as the 'writing university'. Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature. Writing is in the air."
There is no cost to enter the contest. One submission per social worker is allowed. Entries will be judged by a panel of social workers, writers, and poets. The top three submissions will be awarded cash prizes and all submissions that meet the requirements will be published in a chapbook and on the UI School of Social Work website.
The top three submissions will be awarded cash prizes and framed copies of the winning poems will be given to the winners and copies sent to the social work program from which the poets graduated or are attending. All of the submissions that meet the contest criteria will be published in a booklet as well as posted on The University of Iowa School of Social Work website.
First Prize: $300 and half-price admission to the annual Creative Writing Seminar in Iowa City.
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50
Questions? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-335-3750.
To apply and for more information go to http://clas.uiowa.edu/socialwork/resources/creative-writing-social-workers.