Indiana Humanities is an organization that "connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk" and they are looking for the "official poet" for the upcoming solar eclipse happening April 8, 2024.

Celebrating Poetry and the Solar Eclipse

Poetry is a beautiful art form, and perhaps a truly underrated one in our more modern world. However, Indiana Humanities is looking to highlight one Hoosier poet as we celebrate the solar eclipse - an event that won't occur again until 2044.

Cash Prizes for Winning Hoosier Poets

Indiana poets are encouraged to submit their original poem inspired by the eclipse for the chance to be named the "Official Poet of the April 8, 2024, Solar Eclipse." A panel of judges will choose a first, second, and third-place winner. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $500 and will have the opportunity to read their original work at an eclipse viewing party in the state's capitol. In addition, the winning poem will be featured on the Indiana Humanities' website and social media pages.

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Second and Third-Place Winners As Well

In addition, there will be a second-place prize of $200 and a third-place prize of $100 awarded as well, with each of those winners having the opportunity to read at the April viewing event.

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Indiana Humanties' Poetry Contest Deadline

The deadline for entry is February 9, 2024. Submissions for the poetry contest should be emailed as a PDF to the Indiana Humanities' Director of Programs, Megan Telligman, at The contest winners will be notified by March 1, 2024, to allow ample time to incorporate the poem and poet into the events planned for the solar eclipse viewing party in Indianapolis. Learn more by visiting Indiana Humanities' website.

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