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The Retrospect "Best of the Fest" Haiku Poetry + Visual Pairing Contest Winners Announced

The Retrospect "Best of the Fest" has again a huge success! The contest received entries from all over the world, including U.K., Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Greece, and others. Congratulations to the winners listed below:

Under 12 years

1st Place: Jackson Haro
Runner Up: Brooke Brown
Runner Up: Caroline Cook

(All winners in this category attend Tatem Elementary School, Collingswood, NJ)

13 years and older
1st Place: Tracy Davidson, Stratford-on Avon, U.K.
Runner Up: Jack Wood, Wellington, New Zealand
Runner Up: Alan Jankowski, Parvin, NJ


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7th Annual Youth Poetry Competition

The Collingswood Book Festival is honored to annouce the many winners of this year's Annual Poetry Contest as well as the Tony Virgilio Awards. The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association is giving these awards in honor of Nick’s brother, the late Tony Virgilio, who participated in the Bookfest’s Poetry Tent activities for a decade. Congratulations to this year's winners below.

Ages 11 to 13

Winner: I Have Seen our Land by Lily McBride
Second Prize: Earth’s Beauty by Samantha Hatch
Third Prize: A wish has been granted by Anne Earp
Hon. Mention: Aspen by Joseph Nugent
Hon. Mention: Silver Moon by Ella Ungaro
Best Epic Poem: Daisies by Aedan Rosolia

Ages 9 to 10

Winner: To America by Catherine Smith
Second Prize: Message by Rosie Rockell
Third Prize: Beach by Catherine Smith
Hon. Mention: Bird’s Eye View by Lydia Smith
Hon. Mention: A Quiet Place by Leah Hurff
Hon. Mention: My Favorite Place by Becca Eiferman
Special Haiku: Lights Out by Jackson Haro-Moss

Ages 7 to 8

Winner: A Quiet Place by Emma DiBenedetto
Second Prize: By the Slide in the Park by Lilly Richardson
Third Prize: My Grandparents’ House by Rhyse Reading
Hon. Mention: America’s music by Csbby Rockell
Hon. Mention: From Hershey Park by Jordyn Christopher
Hon. Mention: A Quiet Place by Page Ladik
Hon. Mention: Snowy Mountains by Sofia Caravelo

Special Haiku... Tony Virgilio Awards

Ella Ungaro, Jackson Haro-Moss, Caroline Cook, Gabby Rockell



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Name the Author Contest Winner

Congratulations to Ruth Rouff, this years winner of the Name the Author Contest. Ruth won the contest naming 13 of the 20 Authors. Here are the answers to this year's contest.

  • 1. Herman Melville—Moby Dick
  • 2. Ayn Rand—Atlas Shrugged
  • 3. Kurt Vonnegut—Slaughterhouse-Five
  • 4. Patricia Highsmith—The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • 5. Colson Whitehead—The Underground Railroad
  • 6. John LaCarre—The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • 7. Agatha Christie—Murder on the Orient Express
  • 8. William Faulkner—The Sound and the Fur
  • 9. J. K. Rowling—Harry Potter Books
  • 10. Mario Puzo—The Godfather
  • 11. Nora Ephron—Heartburn
  • 12. Toni Morrison—Beloved
  • 13. Dav Pilkey—Captain Underpants Books
  • 14. Suzanne Collins—Hunger Games Books
  • 15. Langston Hughes—The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
  • 16. Ann Tyler—The Accidental Tourist
  • 17. H. G. Wells—The Time Machine
  • 18. James Patterson—Cross Justice
  • 19. J. R. R. Tolkien—The Hobbit
  • 20. Betty Smith—A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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2016 Collingswood Book Festival Contest Winners

Congratulations to all our winners this year!

Free Books Raffle: Leigh Costello
Name the Author: Ruth Rouff
Winner of a Dinner for 4 at Zahav: Joan Palmeri

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The Retrospect "Best of the Fest" Haiku Poetry + Visual Pairing Contest

The 2016 Collingswood Book Festival Announces The Retrospect "Best of the Fest" Haiku Poetry + Visual Pairing Contest.

Win Cash Prizes

Can you describe your thoughts in exactly three lines of poetry? This year we’re looking for original, light-hearted, humorous Haiku poems paired with a visual representation. A Haiku poem consists of three lines: the first and last lines have five syllables and the middle line has seven syllables. The lines rarely rhyme. The visual pairing can be original art, clip art, photo, or any appropriate graphic that captures your poem.

Entry Rules and Conditions

1. All Haiku must be original.
2. All Haiku must adhere to the traditional three line form described above.
3. All Haiku must be accompanied by a visual pairing (original art, clip art, photo or graphic).
4. All entries must be on a single sheet, no larger than 8 x 12 paper or card stock.
5. All entries must be received by September 28, 2016.
6. There will be two categories: 12 and under and 13 and over
7. Up to five Haiku may be submitted by any individual.
8. The winning authors in each category will be contacted and will be invited, but not required, to attend to receive a $50.00 award at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
9. In submitting the Haiku and art work, the author confers the right to the Collingswood Book Festival to the use of his or her work in those activities related to the Festival’s Haiku Contest, its public relations/Fest information, awards festivities, the Festival’s general operation and any awards program archive.
10. The winning entries and runners up will be posted on the Poetry Tent Wall of Haiku and on the Collingswood Book Festival web site.
11. Email entries with name, age, home address, phone and email address to: twdr112@yahoo.com or drop it off or mail to: Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108, Attn: Haiku Poetry Contest.

Download the flyer and spread the word.

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7th Annual Youth Poetry Contest
"Our Land"

Walt Whitman heard "America Sing" - Enter poems about what makes Our Land sing - our cities, seashores, homes, lives & the things you see, sense and hear!

Prizes and Awards for Five Categories!"

Entry Rules Any child may enter, 7 to 13 in age or 1st through 7th grades. Award groups 7-8, 9-10, 11-13/ Plus other awards for Haiku poems and for poems by Special Children.

Poems must be original works by the submitter • Follow the theme • Tell through poetry about those awesome things youʼve seen or heard about Our Land • Things that make America your land • Your favorite place, or things you find there. Cities, Towns, Seashore, Mountains • Or write about the animals that live in Our Land • The sounds, the scenes, the feelings • The people.

Up to three poems may be submitted. The poems should be clearly printed or typed on one side of the sheet. The name, age, grade and town of the poet should be clearly noted on the opposite side, with name of contact adult (parent, teacher or advisor) to allow notification of awards (include their Email and/or telephone).

Entries sent by mail – September 12 or earlier postmark are to be mailed to BookFest Poetry, c/o Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108. You may also hand deliver your entry to the Library’s front desk up to September 13. If return of entry is desired, a proper self-addressed envelope must be enclosed. Noted adults will be contacted if children are invited to read their poetry or receive awards.

Poems by Special Children should be sent to Doug Otto, Archway Schools, 280 Jackson Road, Atco, NJ 08004 -- or emailed to Doug.Otto@archwayprograms.org (also for more information).

Recognition - Series of the submitted poems will be selected to be read by their young poets at the BookFest’s Poetry Tent to open the festivities on Saturday, October 1st at 10 am. If desired, a prominent local poet will read it with the young poet. Judges will select top poems in each category to be awarded special prizes and a certificate. Best poems will be published in a book presented to winners (free downloadable copy will also be available)

Download the flyer and spread the word.

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Collingswood Book Festival Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Hosted by: Evan Birnholz, Washington Post Magazine Crossword Constructor
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Collingswood Community Center
30 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Entry Fee: $5.00 individual / $10.00 for teams of two

Contestants are judged on accuracy & speed as they solve four, unpublished puzzles of increasing difficulty. Puzzles have been provided by Will Shortz, The New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor and will be published the week after the tournament. Spectators can play along with copies of puzzles and watch finalists compete with the last, most difficult puzzle on large boards for all to see. Cash Prizes for Individuals and One Team Prize.

Advance registration is suggested. Mail fee, contestant’s name(s), town, state and email addresses to Collingswood Book Festival Crossword Puzzle Tournament, PO Box 284, Collingswood, NJ 08108 or Email information to pchamberlin@verizon.net

Tournament Rules

1. Solving references, electronic devices and outside help are not permitted.
2. Puzzles are scored for accuracy and speed.
3. Rounds are timed. All participants will have 15 minutes to solve the first puzzle and 20 minutes for each of the remaining puzzles. Everyone will begin rounds at the same time. The shortest solving time will break ties, should one occur.
4. A contestant or team who finishes early may signal a referee to pick-up his or her puzzle, after which no further work by that person or team will be allowed. Solvers who finish early should remain seated and silent until the round is over. A different individual participant will qualify for the playoff after each round.
5. The 20 minute playoff challenge between winners of the preliminary rounds will be played out in front of the audience, determining the prize winners. Cash prizes are $25, $50 and $100.
6. Team puzzlers will not compete in the playoff. The team prize of $50 is awarded to the team with the highest cumulative score after the first three rounds.
7. At the tournament director’s discretion, a contestant can be disqualified from the competition for any violation of tournament rules.

Sharpen your pencil and join the fun!

Download the flyer and spread the word.





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2015 Can You Tell a Book by Its Cover?

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Can You Name a Book by Its Cover? Contest. This year, the winner is Cheryl McBride, with 19 correct answers.


The answers are:

1. Radiant Angel - Nelson DeMille
2. The Martian - Andy Weir
3. The Stranger - Albert Camus
4. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
5. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
6. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst
7. Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
8. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
9. Holes - Louis Sachar
10. Delicious Foods - James Hannaham
11. Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
12. A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Life after Life - Kate Atkinson
14. Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
15. A Light in the Attic - Shel Silverstein
16. The Accidental Tourist - Anne Tyler
17. Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
18. Divergent - Veronica Roth
19. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
20. Dead Wake - Erik Larson

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Bookface Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Retrospect Best of the Fest Bookface Photo Contest. The $100.00 Grand Prize winner is Lisa Lictenstein (winning entry pictured). Collingswood Book Festival T-shirts were awarded to the five runners up: Sam Price, Stacy Egan, Trevor Coloumbe, Michelle Coulombe and Jon Torres.

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The 2015 Retrospect Best of the Fest Contest



Booklovers, you’ve heard of Facebook. Well, now there’s Bookface!
The "Best of the Fest Contest" challenge this year is to create a Bookface Photo. Here are a couple of examples:



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How to Create a Bookface Photo

  • 1. Find a book with a body part on the cover.
  • 2. Take a picture of yourself (or someone else) with the book, combining the book with your own body part.
  • 3. Submit your photo to the contest.

Email to Best of Fest Chairperson Tim Ward at this address: twdr112@yahoo.com

OR drop it off at the Collingswood Library, addressed to:
Bookface Contest
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Attn: Tim Ward

Anyone can enter. Grand Prize: $100.00 check from the Retrospect. Top Five Runners-up will win Book Festival T-shirts. Winners will be announced at 12:00 PM on October 3, 2015 at the Collingswood Book Festival. So get creative and start Bookfacing!



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2015 Collingswood Book Festival Poetry Contest
Poems about Seashore • Oceans • Rivers • Bays •
Aquatic & River’s Edge Creatures • Seabirds

Prizes and Awards for Three Categories!

Entry Rules:

Any child may enter – Ages 7 to 13 (or Grades 1st through 7th)
Award groups Ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-13

  • Poems must be original works by the submitter. Follow the theme. Tell through poetry about those awesome things you have seen or heard at the shore. Diving in the surf, finding shells, fishing, building castles. Or poems about fish, gulls, penguins, seals, clams, crabs and such. Wondrous things you have enjoyed along a river -- the lights, the boats. Or write about the animals that live along the river’s edge, the sounds of ships passing, products coming in or out at the port. Or about aquatic animals of all types, or what you have seen at the Aquarium. Nothing defines South Jersey more eloquently than its watery borders of river and sea.
  • Up to three poems may be submitted. The poems should be clearly printed or typed on one side of the sheet. The name, age, grade and town of the poet should be clearly noted on the opposite side, along with name of contact adult (parent, teacher or advisor) to allow notification of awards (include their Email and/or telephone).
  • Entries sent by mail – September 14 or earlier postmark are to be mailed to:

    BookFest Poetry, c/o
    Collingswood Library
    771 Haddon Avenue
    Collingswood, NJ 08108.

You may also hand deliver your entry to the Library’s front desk until September 15. If return of submitted material is desired, a proper self-addressed envelope must be enclosed. Noted adults will be contacted if children are invited to read their poetry or receive awards.

A series of the submitted poems will be selected to be read by their young poets at the Book Fest’s Poetry Tent to open the festivities on Saturday, October 3rd. If desired, a prominent local poet will read it with the young poet. Judges will select top poems in each category to be awarded special prizes.