Celebrating Robert Owen’s 250th Anniversary
Historic New Harmony’s Global Creative Writing Contest
Sponsored by the Working Men's Institute
In Partnership with Indiana Poet Laureate, Matthew Graham
In celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Robert Owen's birth, writers are asked to creatively connect one of Robert Owen’s philosophies, passions, or aspects of his life with current world events.
Poems should be no longer than two pages; essays should be between 500-1500 words; and short stories may be up to 10 pages (using a 10 pt. type or larger). Works will be judged on originality and content, not on length, in three age groups: under 13, 13-17 and 18+.
Prizes for each Age Group:
Submissions close July 1, 2021
During his 35 years in southern Indiana, Matthew Graham has been a respected and recognized writer, teacher, and advocate for poetry and the arts. Having recently retired from the University of Southern Indiana (USI), he has taught all levels of creative writing, contemporary literature, and worked with multicultural and international students in freshman composition. Among other community service Graham has worked with diverse writing groups such as high school students and community writing groups.
Matthew Graham is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Geography of Home (Galileo Press, 2018). His work has earned numerous national, regional and local honors and awards, including a Pushcart Prize, an Academy of American Poets Award, two grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Artist of the Year Award from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.
While at USI, Matthew co-founded and co-directed (with Thomas Wilhelmus) The Ropewalk Writers' Retreat, a summer program that brought national and international writers to New Harmony, Indiana for 22 years, and the Ropewalk Visiting Writers Series, which brought prominent fiction and non-fiction writers and poets to the USI campus for free public readings. The list of participating writers includes the present U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.
Visit his Indiana Poet Laureate site.
This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities
in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Robert Owen 250th Celebration is also brought to you through the generous support of Dr. George and Mrs. Peggy Rapp.