Ode to Colorado Beer Poetry Contest

Calling all poets

Fat Tire? 90 Shilling? Coors Light? Yeti Imperial Stout? Show your favorite Colorado brew or brewing style some love! Enter our Ode to Colorado Beer contest.

The 2020 Fort Collins Book Festival celebrates 5 years of showcasing Fort Collins’ favorite pastimes: craft beer, music, food, science & technology, and the outdoors. We are calling all poets to help us celebrate our world-renown craft brewing industry by sending us “odes to Colorado beer.” 

During our virtual 2020 Fort Collins Book Festival, the winning odes will be read/performed by local and regional beer aficionados and brewing celebrities in an online session that will include virtual beer tasting and singalongs. Other prizes TBA.

The 2020 Fort Collins Book Festival will take place over two weekends October 9-11 and October 16-18, 2020. 

Ode: A lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner and written in varied or irregular meter. Often sung.

Deadline for submitting: 11:59 p.m. MST, September 15, 2020

Winners notified: by September 30, 2020

Readings:  TBA

Ode to Colorado Beer Contest Submission

Please upload a .doc, .docx, or .PDF file of your contest submission OR copy-and-paste your poem into the message field. Make sure you include your full name and email address so we know who to toast as we read the submissions. Prost! Slainte! Cheers!
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.

Official Contest Rules

  • ENTRY PERIOD
    • The contest begins at 9:00 a.m. MST on July 25, 2020 and ends at 11:59 p.m. MST on September 15, 2020 Winners will be notified by September 30, 2020.
  • ELIGIBILITY
    • You must be 21 years old or older to enter.
  • CONTEST ENTRY GUIDELINES
    • You may submit one (1) entry.
    • Submissions must be your own original work.
  • HOW TO ENTER
    • Upload your Ode to Colorado Beer using our online submission form at any time during the entry period. Late or corrupt entries will not be accepted.
    • All entries must be submitted in one of the accepted file formats: .PDF, .doc, or .docx OR can be copied and pasted into the form text box.
    • You must read and accept these Contest Rules and fill out the required information provided at the time of your submission.
    • By submitting an entry, you agree that the content is your original work and you accept all responsibility and liability if you submit someone else’s work.
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
    • Contest entries will be archived and accessible to the public on the Fort Collins Book Fest website. At no point is authorship credit removed.
    • Upon submission of your entry to the Contest, you grant to Fort Collins Book Fest and Poudre River Public Library District the non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, no-cost license and right to use your entry in any medium and for promotional purposes including, but not limited to, merchandising, advertising, marketing, and digital communications.
  • JUDGING
    • Winners will be chosen by a select panel of judges. Any ties will be broken by the judges and their decision is final.