Poetryfest announces that $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded this year to amateur poets. Poets, especially beginners, are encouraged to enter for their chance to win.

To enter send one poem of21liness or less: Free Poetry Contest, PO Box 3561,Ashland, OR 97520. Or enter online at www.poetryfest.tv.Awinner’s list will be sent to all entrants. The deadline for entering is on Good Friday, April 19 , 2014.

“Any poet, whether published or not, can be a winner,” says Executive Director Mark Schramm. “When people learn about our free poetry contest, they suddenly realize that their own poetic talent can win cash prizes, as well as garner national recognition.”