City of Sparks Poetry Contest
Sparks Poetry Competition for Pet Memorial Project Located at Sparks Marina
The public is invited to present original poems written for installation of a public art project at the Sparks Marina Park.
About the Project:
Memorial: The Pet Memorial is designed to allow pet owners, that have lost a pet, attach old dog tags to the grid to honor their lost friendship. The piece includes a large steel structure to be engraved with a poem about the loss of a pet and the significance of the relationship.
Poem: As the key part of the community engagement portion of this project, the City of Sparks will commission an original poem for the design. All poems will be reviewed by a panel of literary experts. The top three poems will proceed to a community wide vote. The poem receiving the most votes will be engraved or etched into the block of steel next to the grid.
How to Submit: The public is asked to present an original unpublished poem to be judged by a panel consisting of poets, authors, educators and other community members. Panelists will score poems based on criteria (see guidelines.) The top three poems will be presented to the public for a final vote via the City’s website and social media pages. The top three highest scoring entries will determine first, second and third place.
Commission: First Place – $1500, Second Place – $200, Third Place – $100
Competition opens April 1, 2019.
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019
Top three will be announced on June 10.
Voting will be from June 10 – August 9
Winner will be announced September 9 at Sparks City Council Meeting
Any person residing in the State of Nevada and/or within 150 miles of the City of Sparks.
Poem must reflect one or more of these themes:
joy, strength, depth of relationship
loss of relationship
Types of poems that may be presented: prose poetry, free verse, structured poetry (sonnets, sestinas, tankas, cinquains, villanelles, etc.).
Judging will be made on the following criteria:
Please consider that this is a public audience of all ages when writing your poem.
Since the final winner will be part of the metal structure, it needs to be written in less than 150 words and/or 25 lines.
Winner of contest will enter into a shared copyright agreement with the City of Sparks.
Deadline: May 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
Poems must be sent to
EMAIL: email@example.com must be in PDF FORMAT to retain formatting.
MAIL: 98 Richards Way, Sparks NV 89431
For more information on the project, please contact Francine Burge at 775-353-7856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.