A close-up shot of fallen of autumn leaves carpeting the ground. Contributed photo

Enter Reporter’s first fall poetry contest | Editor’s Note

Every great literary work started with an interesting idea.

Every great literary work started with an interesting idea.

A flower blossom, a snow-capped mountain, a waterfall — whatever the source of inspiration, it began with a thought.

And these thoughts have inspired, healed, exposed and spurred wars, defining many eras throughout history.

The Bellevue community gets their information through websites, books and in other places, such as this newspaper. These publication methods allow others to absorb, share ideas and make informed decisions. So publication is a big deal. And you can start right here.

Celebrating the printed word and the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, the Reporter is launching its first-ever poetry contest, open to all. Enter the contest for your chance to get published.

The topic for the contest is “autumn” and entries of all types will be accepted — Haiku, free verse, sonnet and more. Here are our submission guidelines:

• Send up to three unpublished poems, any form, 30-line limit each (blank lines between stanzas are not counted)

• All entries must be the original work of the poet

• Submit entries by email to editor@bellevuereporter.com. Contestants also may submit entries via postal mail to: Attn: Editor, 2700 Richards Road, Suite 201, Bellevue, WA 98005

• Please include your full name, age, address and contact information. Winners will be contacted by telephone in October.

• All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

A panel of local literary leaders (alliteration intended) will judge the poetry submissions. The Reporter will publish the first, second and third-place winners in an upcoming issue. We look forward to reading — and publishing — your poetry.

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