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Open Call – Sparks Poetry Competition for Pet Memorial Project Located at Sparks Marina

Sparks, NV – The public is invited to present original unpublished poems written for installation of a public art project at the Sparks Marina Park.

About the Project:

Memorial: The Pet Memorial is designed to allow pet owners, that have lost a pet, attach old dog tags to the grid to honor their lost friendship. The piece includes a large steel structure to be engraved with a poem about the loss of a pet and the significance of the relationship.

Poem: As the key part of the community engagement portion of this project, the City of Sparks will commission an original poem for the design. All poems will be reviewed by a panel of literary experts. The top three poems will proceed to a community wide vote. The poem receiving the most votes will be engraved or etched into the block of steel next to the grid.

How to Submit: The public is asked to present an original unpublished poem to be judged by a panel consisting of poets, authors, educators and other community members. Panelists will score poems based on criteria (see guidelines.) The top three poems will be presented to the public for a final vote via the City’s website and social media pages. The top three highest scoring entries will determine first, second and third place.

Commission: First Place – $1500 cash award
Second Place – $200 cash award
Third Place – $100 cash award

Timeline:
• Competition opens on April 1, 2019.
• Submission Deadline is May 31, 2019
• Top three will be announced on June 10.
• Voting will be from June 10 – August 9
• Winner will be announced September 9 at Sparks City Council Meeting

Eligibility:
• Any person residing in the State of Nevada and/or within 150 miles of the City of Sparks.

For more information email eventinfo@cityofsparks.us.