It’s that time again, folks, for the

Eighth Annual Independent Weekly poetry contest.

The preliminary details: Contestants must reside in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange or Wake counties, or be full-time students at a Triangle college or university.

Poets who have published a full-length collection of their works, or had a collection accepted by a publisher, are ineligible. Employees of Carolina Independent Publications and contributors to The Independent are also ineligible,

as are relatives and partners of any employee of

Carolina Independent Publications.

One auspicious first-place winner will receive $500 cash; three runners-up will receive $200 cash.

The four winning poets will also be profiled in

The Independent and honored with a reading

and reception at a local bookstore.

Stay tuned for complete information and details

for the 2003 Poetry Contest, in next week’s issue of

The Independent. Until then, sharpen your pencils, unleash your creativity and free up those verbal reflections!

Deadline for entries is March 5, 2003.