STATE WINNERS IN BOTH THE SERIOUS AND HUMOROUS CATEGORIES RECEIVE:
THE COVETED GOVERNOR’S TROPHY BUCKLE
THE SADDLEJACK BRADRICK AWARD
PRIZES AND DISCOUNTS TO LEADING WESTERN WEAR STORES
MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO PERFORM
ONE YEAR FREE MEMBERSHIP TO THE KANSAS CHAPTER OF THE WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION
TWO TICKETS TO “SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS”
NOW TAKING ENTRIES FOR THE KANSAS COWBOY POETRY CONTEST!
Anyone is welcome to enter the Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest. Contestants can write and present a serious poem, a humorous poem, or both. They must present their original cowboy poetry at one of our two regional contests:
Friday, April 26 – 7 p.m. - Ellsworth
Friday, May 3 – 7 p.m. - Fredonia
The top four contestants at each contest win the opportunity to compete at the state finals:
Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan Friday June 14th - 7:00 pm
To enter, fill out and send this entry form with payment.
Mail before April 19th to qualify for an early bird discount!
Entry fees are listed on the form. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any contest at no charge.
State winners will also have their entry fees paid to participate in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo. (Note: It is not necessary to win the state contest in order to enter and compete in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo. Anyone can enter and compete in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo directly and is encouraged to do so, but the Kansas winners will have their entry fees paid by the Kansas contest.)
Thanks to these sponsors of our contest in 2019: Lead sponsor - the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation, and our other sponsors: The Symphony in the Flint Hills, the Kansas Chapter of the Western Music Association; Flint Hills Discovery Center, Drovers National Hall of Fame, and Vanderbilts, Roberts Cowboy Outfitters and R Bar B Saddle Tack and Trailer and Outpost Western Wear who are donating prizes for the winners. We also appreciate the support of the Manhattan Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Manhattan Broadcasting, and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas.
Objectives of the contest:
1) to encourage and develop the art and practice of cowboy poetry,
2) to expand outreach in support of this unique form of art and folklore, and
3) to support local, grassroots events which can promote cowboy poetry and benefit the local economy.
A performer can enter a poem in either the Serious or Humorous category or both. Only original work is accepted for the contest. Contestants must be present to perform their own work in person.
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
At each contest, several judges are asked to individually rank performers based on the following factors with a maximum of 10 points apiece:
1. Quality - the technical quality of the poem itself. i.e., the rhyme and meter of the poem - does it rhyme well, does it flow/meter well?
2. Theme - is it truly cowboy/western? Or just general in topic?
3. Presentation – delivery of the poem - effective stage presence, polish of the performer, etc. A perfect score would be a total of 30 points. Ties are broken based on the scores in the Quality category.
There is no time limit on the poems. One does not need to be a Kansan to enter and participate. Immediately before each contest, a contestants meeting will be held where the contestants will draw cards to determine the sequence of performance.