Today is the last day to enter the LeBron James Poetry Contest - submit your entry today and join the conversation. The contest has solicited over 1,000 entries to date and is being covered by ESPN, the New Yorker and NPR. What do you have to say?

Are you so happy (or depressed) that LeBron James has arrived in Miami that you can’t find the words? Find the words quickly, because the LeBron James Poetry Contest ends Friday at 6pm. The poem must be six lines or less to welcome (or not) James’ arrival in Miami in time for the season opener Oct. 26 at Boston. To submit, click here and follow the directions

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  • Poem must commemorate the arrival of LeBron James to Miami.
  • The poem can utilize any poetic form (haiku, rhyming couplets, limerick, free verse, etc.) but it cannot exceed six lines (LeBron’s jersey is #6).
  • No limit to the number of poems you can submit.
  • The entry must be received by Friday, October 22 at 6 p.m.
  • Employees of WLRN, the Miami Herald and the Miami Poetry Collective are not eligible.
  • Deadline is Friday, October 22 at 6 p.m.

Judging & Victory Details

  • P. Scott Cunningham, director of O, Miami: A city-wide poetry festival debuting in April 2011, will pick six finalists. The winning entry will be chosen by a special guest judge TBA.
  • The six finalists (and the guest judge) will be announced on Tuesday, October 26 on the WLRN Miami Herald News, as well as the Miami Herald online and social media.
  • The winner will read his/her poem on air and will receive two complimentary tickets to the finale event of O, Miami: A Contemporary Poetry Festival at the brand-new, Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony Campus on Miami Beach.

O, Miami is made by possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

9 Responses to “Update: The LeBron James Poetry Contest”

  1. J. Patrick Lewis says:

    Heartbreak on the Lake

    Round the decay of that colossal funk,
    Two vast and trunkless legs of one great hunk.
    The mighty king of kings has now moved on,
    And everyone in Cleveland hates LeBron.

  2. Milton Lyles says:

    Ode to King James

    1)Once upon a time, a man from Miami, just a little over a decade A-go.

    2)Sat in the same barbers chair where a Prince got his hair cut in Akron O-hi-o.

    3)I had seen many newspaper clippings attached to the barbershop’s Wall.

    4)The proclamations of a young man’s destiny to keep a many of fans in Awe!

    5)Now that “Father Time” has recorded some of his major Feats.

    6)I can say to the world; that I am truely happy that in 2010 the “King” is now a “Miami Heat”

  3. P. Scott says:

    Thanks for this Marika!

    One more thing: the winner will also get two tickets to a Miami Heat game in November!

  4. Sebastian Tabares says:

    He’s the king known as LBJ

    Took on the world and headed to the MIA

    Hated and critized by everyone

    But here in Wade County we call him a big gun

    He came for what he deserves

    He came to be a legend, earn the rings, and break ankles with his swerves.

  5. Sebastian Tabares says:

    Lebron Raymone James the king of the NBA,
    He is welcomed in the city of the MIA,
    Shoot, dunks, and takes flight
    He’s loved in the south beach, where we party all night,
    Came to earn the rings,
    Dunking on everyone flying red and black wings.

  6. Sebastian Tabares says:

    There once was a story of a mighty king
    He made a slightly decision that angered his village.

    He stopped ruling on his own and head toward a dynasty,
    Critized by the country, but in his new home he was no longer a king.

    This gifted man became a hero; he was now seen as a legend that brought hope to a new village,
    This king and his dynasty were ready to take on the world, battling every day, he brought the heat.

  7. lebronpwnge says:

    lebron pwns kobe
    and even obi waan konobi
    yes lebron pwns them all and not only when he has the ball

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