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2015 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition opens

December 13, 2014

Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection and Indiana State University Community School of the Arts are pleased to announce the 2015 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition.

The competition is open to individuals of all ages, living, working or attending school in the following six Indiana counties: Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo. Cash prizes will be awarded. Entries must be mailed or delivered by Feb. 16, 2015.

The theme of the 2015 Max Ehrmann Poetry Contest is "This Corner of the World." Participants are encouraged to submit original works that approach this theme in a unique way.
Up to two poems per contestant will be accepted. The contest will be judged by an Indiana poet.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage the writing of new poetry as a contemporary artform deeply rooted in tradition, to foster an interdisciplinary connection between art forms and to honor Max Ehrmann, an internationally renowned regional poet whose works were inspired by a love for his community, its natural surroundings and the people in it.

A life-size bronze sculpture of the poet ("Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads"), by West Terre Haute artist Bill Wolfe, was installed in 2010 in Terre Haute as part of the Art Spaces collection. It is located at the corner of 7th Street and Wabash Avenue on the Arts Corridor at the Crossroads of America.

For an entry form:

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Call Art Spaces at 812-235-2801 or Indiana State University's Community School of the Arts at 812-237-2575.

Completed entry forms and poems must be delivered or mailed to: Art Spaces Inc., 669 Ohio St., Terre Haute, IN 47807.

Announcements of the winners will take place in the spring at an Awards Ceremony hosted by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. The date will be announced at a later time. Winning entries will also be displayed at Vigo County Public Library during the month of April.

The 2015 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition is sponsored by St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Additional support is provided by Arts Illiana, Big Picture, Center for Community Engagement at Indiana State University, Creative Writing Committee of the Indiana State University Department of English, Downtown Terre Haute Inc., River Wools, Vigo County Historical Society and Wise Pies.


Contact: Petra Nyendick, director of the Community School of the Arts, Indiana State University, 812-841-2884 or