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February 25, 2020

SVSU-sponsored poetry contest salutes Saginaw

A community-minded poetry contest celebrating the history and culture of Saginaw County is underway, sponsored by the Saginaw Valley State University-operated Saginaw Community Writing Center.
The objective of the contest: pen a poem inspired by Saginaw’s people, places or past. Up to three winners will earn a $100 cash prize.
Participants must write the poem on postcards supplied for free by the Saginaw Community Writing Center at three Saginaw County locations. Each poem must include the words “Saginaw, I believe.”
The contest is open to individuals who live, work or study in Saginaw County.
Individuals can pick up the free postcards at the Butman-Fish Branch Library, 1716 Hancock in Saginaw; the Little Free Library book-sharing box located at SVRC Marketplace, 203 S. Washington in downtown Saginaw; or the Diane Boehm Writing Center, located on the second floor of SVSU’s Zahnow Library at the Kochville Township campus.
The postcards, designed by Sally Giroux's middle school art students from Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy (SASA), feature scenery and imagery from across the community.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with SASA students to create these postcards that celebrate the city of Saginaw,” said Helen Raica-Klotz, co-director of the Saginaw Community Writing Center. "We are hopeful that their artwork will inspire our area writers to create work that showcases our city and celebrates its vibrant community."
Participants must mail the postcards by Sunday, March 15 to the Diane Boehm Writing Center, SVSU, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710.
Contest guidelines are as follows:
  • Each participant may submit a maximum of three poems
  • All poems must not exceed 20 lines, and need to fit on the back of the postcard
  • Handwriting must be legible
Questions can be directed via email to the Saginaw Community Writing Center at
After the contest is completed, Saginaw Community Writing Center representatives will work with members of The Ezekiel Project, a Saginaw nonprofit, to create a display of the poems and postcards at a location in downtown Saginaw.