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Second Annual Poetry Contest Announced

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Date: February 28, 2014
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165

April is National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with a poetry contest? Big Cypress National Preserve invites you to submit your poetry for the second annual Big Cypress National Preserve poetry contest. Participants are encouraged to explore the national preserve, and write about their experiences.

We are accepting poetry submissions March 1 through April 14, 2014.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and poems will be displayed on the Big Cypress National Preserve website, and Facebook page. Winners will be selected by the staff of Big Cypress National Preserve by April 30.


Poetry from Artists-In-Residence Wendy Burk & Eric Magrane

Poetry Guidelines
Poems must be single spaced.
Poems must be 12-point font.
Poems may be written in any format.
Poems must be submitted by April 14.
Poet can submit up to three poems.
Poems must be original and unpublished.
Poems cannot exceed two-pages (title page does not count toward this limit).
Poem must be subject related to natural or cultural history of South Florida.
Poems must include a title page with: Name of poem, name of poet, contact address, email and phone number.

Please email poems to:andrew_frieder@nps.gov

For additional information, please contact the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome center at 239-695-4758.

Click here to view last year's contest winners!

Did You Know?

Many large trees that did exist were harvested in the early 1900s.

There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.