County Line Magazine coordinated an annual poetry contest for Northeast Texas the past eight years to help give poets young and old a place to voice their thoughts and feelings during the month of April, National Poetry Month. For about 40 years, the Rusk County Poetry Society held a contest for Rusk and surrounding counties as well reaching hundreds of children each year. County Line and Rusk County Poetry Society have now joined forces with Inspiritry entrepreneur Anne McCrady and Region 7 Education Service Center under the direction of Young Audiences of Northeast Texas to bring an even bigger and better contest to the region.

The 2015 Northeast Texas Poetry in Schools contest program is open to all children from 1st to 12th grade in the Northeast Texas area. Poems must be submitted through teachers, have parental approval and be original, unpublished poems. The deadline for entries is March 1. All entries this year are received online by Young Audiences.

First, second and third place awards are given for each grade at an awards ceremony in April. Winning poems are published in the May/June County Line Magazine and in the 2015 Winners Anthology.

The Rusk County Poetry Society will award a $500 Mary Craig Memorial College Scholarship — named for their late founder — for the 12th grade first place poet.

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