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Swamp Fox Writing Project to hold Langston Hughes poetry contest

The Swamp Fox Writing Project at Francis Marion University has announced its third annual Langston Hughes Imitation Poetry Contest.

The contest is open to all grade levels. Students need to attempt to imitate the appropriate poem for their grade level, altering it to suit their own circumstances, while maintaining Hughes’ original intent.

The poems and grade levels are as follows: grades one-four, imitation of Hughes’ poem “Harlem”; grades 5-8, imitation of Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son”; grades nine-12, imitation of Hughes’ poem “Theme for English B.”

Gift certificates to Books A Million will be awarded to the top three winners in each group. The winners will also be invited to read their winning poems at the writing project’s annual African-American Read-In on Sunday, Feb. 6 at FMU. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Send entries to Dr. Beckie Flannagan, Department of English, Francis Marion University, P.O. Box 100547, Florence, SC 29501 by Jan. 18.

All entries must be typed or neatly written. The student’s name, teacher’s name, grade, school and school address and phone number should appear somewhere on each entry. Teachers sending class entries should make sure each student has followed the guidelines for preparation. Award winners will be notified by phone before Feb. 1.

For more information, contact Flannagan at 843-661-1516 or

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Last Published: January 5, 2005 9:00 AM
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