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Urban Ocean Poetry Contest

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Tom Bonner

Deadline: March 11, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Thriving in the Anthropocene

The Aquarium the Pacific is hosting its 10th Annual Poetry Contest as part of the Urban Ocean Festival. Poems submitted must address the following theme: THRIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE.

We live in the Anthropocene, the geologic epoch in which for the first time humans have become a major global force. We are modifying the climate, making the ocean warmer and more acidic, and as a result taking a huge toll on marine life. We will be in the Anthropocene for as long as there are humans on Earth so we need to figure out how to live in greater harmony with the Earth. The choices we make for energy, food, and water are the most important. We need to move away from fossil fuels to clean energy—renewables like solar and wind combined with a more stable source of clean energy, nuclear. We need to eat more fruits and vegetables, more seafood, and less red meat. And, we need to conserve our water supply since we have the same amount of water we had on Earth 4 billion years ago, and it is the same water recycled millions of times through the hydrologic cycle.

Poem Guidelines

Maximum length: 300 words
One entry per person

Entries must be received by mail or online by 5:00 p.m., March 11, 2019. Winners will be announced at our Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday, March 30. All entrees will receive two tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific good for March 30, 2019 only. Winners MUST ATTEND the Awards Ceremony to receive their award and will be invited to read their poem during the Ceremony at 1:00 P.M. All contestants plus a guest receive free admission on March 30.

Prizes

Prizes will be given in the following age categories: middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12), young adult (ages 18-25), and adults (26+).

  • First Prize
    $200. Four Aquarium tickets and four Urban Ocean Poetry Cruise tickets for March 30, 2019 at 3:00 p.m
  • Second Prize
    $150. Four Aquarium tickets and four Urban Ocean Poetry Cruise tickets for March 30, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Third Prize
    $100. Four Aquarium tickets and four Urban Ocean Poetry Cruise tickets for March 30, 2019 at 3:00 p.m

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Urban Ocean Poetry Contest Submission Form