For more than 75 years, the library has celebrated the talents of the city’s young writers with the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition. Sunday, May 17, the Library will present the Awards Ceremony for the 71 young poets selected in the 2009 Young Pegasus competition. Begun by the Library in 1927, the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition has been a springboard for success in fields ranging from literature to the law. Previous Young Pegasus poets have included such outstanding San Antonians as Jay Brandon, Henry Cisneros, Naomi Shihab Nye and County Court-at-Law Judge Michael Mery.
Open to children 18 and under, the Young Pegasus Poetry Competition was begun to celebrate Book Week (now called National Children’s Book Week). This year among the 1,750 poems submitted for consideration, 86 were selected for publication. The youngest poet recognized is 6 years old.
Poets are invited to submit their work, which is then reviewed anonymously by a panel of judges. Selected poems are printed in an anthology, and publicly read during the Awards Ceremony. The published writers receive certificates honoring their achievement and copies of the anthology in which their work appears. Copies of the anthology will be on sale at the Awards Ceremony, and throughout the year at the Central Library. Cost of the anthology is $7.00, and all proceeds support the Library.
The ceremony is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17, in the Hermann Sons Grand Lodge at 515 S. St. Mary’s. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at no charge in lots to the west and north of the Hermann Sons Lodge. Wheelchair access is through a door opening off the west parking lot. For more information, the public can call 207-2500.