POETRY MATTERS CONTEST
DOWNEY AND THE PLANETS
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the City of Downey’’s incorporation, and Downey’’s illustrious history with the aerospace industry, the Downey Symphonic Society in conjunction with Poetry Matters is sponsoring a contest on a space-related theme suggested by, but not limited to, Gustav Holst’’s The Planets.
PRIZES $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize
AND 2 Gold Tier season tickets to Downey Symphony’’s 2016-17 Season
for First Prize Winner, Offered by the Downey Symphonic Society
Open now, April 21, 2016; Deadline: July 31, 2016
Publication: in Downey Symphony Concert Program October 22, 2016
Read: on stage prior to performance at Downey Symphony Concert Oct. 22, 2016, when Holst’s The Planets will be
performed at the Downey Theatre, in honor of the City of Downey’s 60th anniversary
Display: Downey Theatre Lobby Gallery for month of October with Planets Art Show; Lobby at Columbia Space Center
TOP TEN poems to be printed in Commemorative Booklet distributed at the Concert (funding permitting)
The Planets, Op. 32, is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst. The piece has seven movements, each named after a planet (Earth not represented) and its corresponding mythological figure and astrological characteristics.
1. Mars, the Bringer of War
2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity;
5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
6. Uranus, the Magician
7. Neptune, the Mystic.
Submit up to 3 unpublished poems not longer than 40 lines each, to
No name on poem. Include cover sheet with name, poem title(s), email address, brief bio.
Line count includes spaces . Judge: Judith Pacht. Winners announced by September 15, 2016.