April is National Poetry Month!

To celebrate, Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative

and Thayer Memorial Library are holding

The Fifth Annual Student Poetry Contest.

“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lancaster Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.”


Submission Requirements:


• Must be a student, K-12, at MRE, LBMS or NRHS or a resident of Lancaster.

• Only poetry, no prose.

• Maximum length is the number of lines that fit on one side of an 8” x 11” page.

• Name, grade, and best email and phone number

must be written on the back of each page, if submitted by hand, and on the second page if submitted online.

• Two copies of each poem must be submitted, if submitted by hand and not online.

• Submissions must be received no later than Friday, March 30, 2018.


How to Send Submissions:


Email submissions to: 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com with “Poetry Contest” in the subject line, by March 30th, OR contact Paula Castner at 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com about picking up handwritten poems before the March 30, 2018, deadline.


Submitted poems will be displayed

at the Thayer Memorial library.


Winning poems will be published online,

on the Seven Bridge and TML websites.


Students are invited to read their poems at the

Poetry Open Mic

Friday, April 27th, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

at the MRE/LBMS Auditorium

at 103 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA


Meet Our Guest Judge:

James B. Nicola’s poems have appeared stateside in the Antioch, Southwest and Atlanta Reviews, Rattle, Tar River, and Poetry East, and in many journals in Europe and Canada. A Yale graduate, he won a Dana Literary Award, a Willow Review award, and a People’s Choice award (from Storyteller), and he was featured poet at New Formalist. His nonfiction book, Playing the Audience, won a Choice award. His poetry collections are Manhattan Plaza (2014), Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater (2016), Wind in the Cave (2017), and the upcoming Out of Nothing: Poems of Art and Artists (2018).

Lately James has been conducting both theater and poetry workshops at libraries, literary festivals, schools, and community centers all over the country, most notably the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival. James is also a director, composer, lyricist, and playwright. His children’s musical Chimes: A Christmas Vaudeville premiered in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Santa Claus was rumored to be in the audience on opening night.