CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Poets have until Oct. 25 to enter a contest sponsored by the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and WriterHouse.

According to a release, entrants need to be at least 18 years old submitting an original, unpublished poem that is 30 lines or less.

This is the sixth year for the contest that aims to champion the “importance of reading and writing and community engagement.”

For hundreds of years, poets have altered the course of history by speaking out about issues that concern their communities, and this year's theme of transformation echoes that critical legacy of the power of the pen to affect positive change for all of us," said WriterHouse executive director Sibley Johns. 

“Over the years, the Poetry Contest has gone through changes, including this year, being held in the fall instead of the spring,” said JMRL reference librarian EJ Dowling. “Using transformative change as this year's theme made perfect sense as the partnership between the library and WriterHouse grows and evolves, so do the changes to our community.” 

The release says writers are encouraged to submit their interpretation of transformative change.

Winners will be contacted directly and a public announcement will appear on JMRL’s Grow, Learn, Connect blog.

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