April is National Poetry Month, and the Muscatine County Arts Council is holding the second annual Wandering Words poetry contest. Muscatine County residents are encouraged to submit original works of poetry. Winning poems will be stamped into a city sidewalk in the city of Muscatine. This program is a partnership with the City of Muscatine and with partial funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. “This is a fun way for us to create art throughout town,” said Ed Chamberlain of the Arts Council.
Local authors can submit up to two poems. The poems must be appropriate for the general public. Some other restrictions and guidelines for the poems include no explicitly religious, political, graphically violent, or overtly sexual poems. Poems may be up to eight lines long. No line may have more than twenty-five characters including spaces and punctuation. If a title is included, it will count as two lines. Authors who have been published before are encouraged to submit their published works as long as it is original and owned by them. Poems should be submitted in typewritten form on 8.5”x11” paper, one poem per page. Authors can retain full copyright of their poems. Entries should be mailed to the Muscatine County Arts Council, PO Box 815, Muscatine, IA 52761.
The winning poems from last year can be found at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Harrison Street.