COME TO THE KANSAS COWBOY POETRY FINALS!

 FRIDAY JUNE 9TH AT THE FLINT HILLS DISCOVERY CENTER

WMA members and officers met with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback for the signing of the proclamation for Cowboy Poetry Month last year. They showed him the "Governor's Buckle", which is presented to winning cowboy poets.  From left to right behind the Governor:  Geff Dawson; 2017 President Orin Friesen; Past-President Jeff Davidson; and contest organizer Ron Wilson.

WMA members and officers met with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback for the signing of the proclamation for Cowboy Poetry Month last year. They showed him the "Governor's Buckle", which is presented to winning cowboy poets.  From left to right behind the Governor:  Geff Dawson; 2017 President Orin Friesen; Past-President Jeff Davidson; and contest organizer Ron Wilson.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest finals!

            Friday, June 9, 2017-   7 p.m.

             Flint Hills Discovery Center,   315 S. Third Street,  Manhattan KS 66502

 There is NO CHARGE to attend!

 Serious and Humorous poems will be presented.

 The winners in both categories receive the coveted Governor’s trophy buckle, the Saddlejack Bradrick award, prizes and discounts to leading western wear stores, more opportunities to perform, a year’s free membership in the Kansas Chapter of the Western Music Association, and two tickets to the Symphony in the Flint Hills.

 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:  Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation, Boot Barn, Kansas Chapter – Western Music Association, Putnam Quarter Horses, R Bar B, Roberts Cowboy Outfitters, and Vanderbilt’s Western Wear.

Judging Criteria

The objectives of the contest are

  • to encourage and develop the art and practice of cowboy poetry
  • to expand outreach in support of this unique form of art and folklore, and
  • 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 are as follows.  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?  and 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.

 The top three winners in each category of each regional contest advance to the finals.