Sinclair Sponsors 25th Annual Paul Laurence Dunbar Poetry Writing Contest

DAYTON, Ohio (01/12/10) – The English Department at Sinclair Community College is sponsoring the25th Paul Laurence Dunbar Memorial Poetry Prize.This annual poetry writing contest continues to grow with more than 500 entries received last year from Montgomery, Greene and Clark Counties.

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Memorial Poetry Prize has four categories: elementary, middle school, high school and adult. Entrants can submit up to five previously unpublished poems in any form. The contest is open to the public. Entries must be postmarked by February 7, 2010, and should be sent to:

Professor Susan Callender

Sinclair Community College

444 W. Third Street

Dayton, Ohio, 45402-1460.

Entrants should include the following information in the upper right corner of each page of each entry:

· Category (Elementary, Middle School, High School or Adult)

· Name

· Address

· Phone

· Email Address

No manuscripts will be returned. Award winners will be announced at the Sinclair English Department Spectrum Awards Banquet in May. The 2010 Judge for the 2010 Paul Laurence Dunbar Poetr y Contest is Dr. Herbert Woodard Martin, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Dayton. Winners in each category will receive a $100.00 prize.

For more information, please contact Susan Callender at 937/512-2369 or via email at

Natasha Baker, APR

Director of Communications

Sinclair Community College

P 937-512-2221

C 937-231-4957