The city of Miami is calling on its residents to submit a poem on why they love the area. The contest is part of Miami Beach's civic pride campaign, Like2Love Miami Beach, which aims at highlighting everything that makes the Florida area a great place to live, work and play.
"Our vibrant community offers a ton of literary inspiration from our beautiful beaches, historic architecture, culture, sensational entertainment, shopping, dining and an exciting nightlife so we'd like to remind ourselves and the public of what makes our city such a great place," said City Manager Jimmy Morales in a press release.
Entries must incorporate the phrase "Like to Love Miami Beach" somewhere in the text and brevity is preferred, no more than eight lines.
The Like2Love Miami Beach poetry contest is open to people of all ages, entries are restricted to one per person and submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contestants have the chance to win exciting prizes and their poems featured in Miami Beach promotional materials. Visit miamibeachfl.gov or click here for guidelines and restrictions.
The contest will be judged by communications professionals—including Scott Cunningham, poet and founder of the renowned poetry festival O, Miami. Judges will select three finalists and Miami Beach's Facebook fans will select a grand prizewinner.
Other prizes include the award-winning Taschen book Gustav Klimt. The Complete Paintings ($200 retail value) and two tickets to Panic! At the Disco at the Fillmore Miami Beach Jackson Gleason Theatre.
The grand prizewinner will be announced January 2014. The last day to send an entry is December 2, 2013. All poems submitted will be hung on a Poet Tree at Lummus Park.
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