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Franken seeks poetry entries for contest

In recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, U.S. Sen. Al Franken announced that he is hosting his third annual poetry contest for Minnesota students. The theme of this year’s contest is “Celebrating the Veteran in My Life.”

The contest is open to all children of military families in Minnesota grades K-12, with three age categories: Kindergarten to 6th grade; 7th to 9th grades; and 10th to 12th grades.

Winners will be chosen in each age category. Those selected will receive an invitation to attend a reception at Sen. Franken’s St. Paul office. Top winning poems in each category will be framed and displayed in Sen. Franken’s offices in St. Paul or Washington, D.C.

Please submit a poem by April 18 to or by mail to Office of Sen. Al Franken, c/o Poetry Contest, 60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 220 St. Paul, MN 55107

Participants may submit only one entry, with a maximum word count of 250 words. Each entry must include the name of the child, age, the parent/guardian’s name, a phone number, and the name of the child’s school.