Tweet by Anne Hornyak / Flickr

Can You Write a Poem About Summer in Albany in Just One Tweet?

Tweet by Anne Hornyak / Flickr

The Albany Public Library has a very exciting week-long contest starting on Sunday, July 28. Anyone with a Twitter account can enter their best 140 character poem about “Summer in Albany” by simply adding #APLMRS to your tweet.

Here is some more information from our friends at the APL:

Put your best iamb forward and send your miniature inspirations with the hashtag #APLMRS during our Summer in the City PoeTweet Contest on Twitter! Our judge, Dan Wilcox (@Dwlcx), poet, peace activist, and member of Albany Poets, will pick one winner whose poetry will be featured in one of our APL publications and online.

Who? You! (As long as you’re age 13 or older. And you or your family don’t work for the Albany Public Library).

What? Albany Public Library’s Summer in the City Poetweet Contest – can you write a poem about summer in Albany in just one Tweet?

When? The contest runs from Sunday, July 28, 12:00 a.m., through Saturday, August 3, 11:59 p.m.

How? First, you need to have a Twitter account. If you do, search for @APLMReadersServ, click on the icon, and then click the Follow button. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you’ll need to visit and sign up for one; then search for @APLMReadersServ, click on the icon, and click the Follow button.

One Tweet = one entry. You can submit one entry per day; your Tweets must be your own. (So, you can have up to 7 chances to win.) The subject of your Poetweet must be “Summer in Albany.” Include #APLMRS in your Tweet.

Keep it clean; Albany Public Library reserves the right to disqualify any Tweet that may be considered obscene, pornographic, violent, or morally or racially offensive.

The judge will select one winner based on creativity, originality, and poetic skill. The judge’s decision is final; one prize will be awarded. All participants are invited to attend the end-of-summer party we’re hosting for everyone who joined in our summer reading activities! Come mingle and meet the peeps behind the Tweets at the Iron Gate Cafe on Washington Avenue, across the street from the Main Library, on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

And while you are on tweeting out your Poetweets, be sure to follow Albany Poets (@AlbanyPoets) on Twitter to stay up-to-date on poetry news and events!