VFP announces K-12 poetry contests, scholarships

2022 Veterans for Peace K-12 poetry contest and scholarship program winners.
Courtesy of VFP Gainesville

The Gainesville chapter of Veterans for Peace recently announced its 13th annual K-12 Peace Poetry Contest and the 2023 Peace College Scholarship Program.

Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit one original poem focusing on the idea of peace and social justice.

A panel of local authors and poets will judge poems based on creativity, content, and use of language. The winners will also be published in the 2023 Peace Poetry Book and will be asked to recite their poems at the public Peace Poetry Reading in May. Winners will also receive gift certificates from a local bookstore.

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The deadline for poem submissions is April 3. Poems can be submitted via email to vfppeacepoetrycontest@gmail.com or mailed to VFP Peace Poetry Contest, 2115 NW 7th Lane, Gainesville, FL 32603.  

For more information, email vfppeacepoetrycontest@gmail.com or call Sheila Payne at 831-334-0117.

The VFP also announced its 2023 Veterans for Peace Scholarship Program, which will award three to four college scholarships of $1500 each for high school students, college students or adults with a commitment to activities including social justice and peace, equal justice, conflict resolution and/or nonviolent social change.

The deadline for the scholarship application is April 28. The full announcement and instructions for applying are found on the VFP website.

Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Gainesville VFP Peace Poetry Awards Ceremony in May. For more information, contact Paul Ortiz at ortizprof@gmail.com or 831-334-0131.

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