Thursday, July 16, 2009

SFC: Families Matter Blog – It’s Finally Here – Popcorn Poetry Contest

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SFC: Families Matter Blog – It’s Finally Here – Popcorn Poetry Contest


What was discovered in a bat cave in New Mexico that dates back 5,500 years? What do Americans consume 17 billion quarts each year of? What food is so versatile it can be used in pudding, candy, soup, salad, and as an entrée?

The answer to all these questions is the same: popcorn!

With everyone health- and diet-conscious these days, popcorn is one of the few indulgences left that actually tastes good and is good for you. Popcorn is a whole grain that’s high in fibre and low in fat. And since it’s only 24 calories per cup, you can have five cups of air-popped popcorn for under 130 calories.

I know what you’re thinking: unless you add butter, popcorn tends to be a bit bland. Not anymore. With Kernel Season’s you can jazz up that ordinary popcorn into a tantalizing, tasty treat. Made from all natural ingredients and real cheese, Kernel Season’s popcorn comes in a variety of flavours like White Cheddar, Butter, Nacho Cheddar, Parmesan and Garlic, Ranch, Sour Cream and Onion, Salt, Caramel, Kettle Corn, and Jalapeno. Plus, Kernel Season’s also has a new all-natural, butter-flavoured popcorn spritzer. This zero- calorie topping is made from a blend of canola, sunflower, and corn oils. The only difference between this and the movie theatre topping is with Kernel Season’s Spritzer there’s zero fat and zero guilt.

In addition, Kernel Season’s is so good that over 20,000 movie theatres in the United States are offering it. And if you want to get movie night at home really “popping,” you can find Kernel Season’s products at more than 18,000 grocery stores across America, as well as at Walmart, Target, Kmart, and Blockbuster Video.

"Now here's your assignment if you choose to accept it..."

SFC: Families Matter Popcorn Poetry Contest –
If we say salty, buttery, crunchy, and melts in your mouth, what "pops" into your mind? Popcorn, of course! In honor of this well-loved snack, Stories for Children Publishing has teamed up with Kernel Season's to announce the SFC: Families Matter Popcorn Poetry Contest. This contest and its prizes are sponsored by Kernel Season's.

Submissions will be accepted July 8-22, 2009.

Who may enter? Anyone

Contest Fees: FREE

Contest Prizes:

1st place : 1 pk of Kernel Season's All Natural Popping Corn, KS Movie Theatre Butter Topping, KS Popcorn Spritzer Butter, 3 KS Popcorn Seasoning (Flavors: White Cheddar, Kettle Corn, and Ranch), and 1pk of KS Premium Quality Microwave Popcorn.

2nd place : 1 pk of Kernel Season's All Natural Popping Corn, 1pk of KS Premium Quality Microwave Popcorn, and 2 KS Popcorn Seasoning (Flavors: Butter and Nacho Cheddar).

3rd place : 4 packages of Kernel Season's Premium Quality Microwave Popcorn.
Contest Rules:

The Rules: Post your popcorn-themed poem in the comments section of this blog post.

Length should not exceed 16 lines and should use simple beats and short lines. We prefer simple, fun, rhyming poetry. Poems should be family friendly. Winners will be selected based on quality and appeal. No mail-in or email entries will be accepted. Note: All judges, the SFC Team, and their families are ineligible to enter.

The Judges:

Gayle Jacobson-Huset, SFC's Fiction and Poetry Editor, has been "judging" the poetry entries that come into the magazine for the past 2 1/2 years. She loves popcorn and is very anxious to see what our reading audience comes up with for this "delectable delight".

Gisele LeBlanc, SFC Magazine's Assistant Poetry Editor, has been writing poetry for several years. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in several publications for children. She loves going to the movies and eating popcorn and looks forward to reading everyone's poetic oaths to this savory snack.

Our mystery judge, is a writer of humorous picture books and children's poetry with a love of rhyme and word-play. Her poetry has been published in Stories for Children Magazine and Meanderings, a poetry anthology by Diversion Press (June 2009). The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will soon publish her poem titled "Young Poet" in The Bulletin (forthcoming, 2009). Her professional affiliations include the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, JacketFlap, the Prose Shop Critique Group, and Cliff House Writers Group.


**Please also note***

1. Many editors may consider poems published online on a public blog such as this "previously published," thus resulting in authors possibly losing their First Rights.

2. ALL POEMS entered in the SFC: Families Matter Popcorn Poetry Contest remains the property of the author. Reproduction or retransmission of any poem, in whole or in part, in any manner, without the prior written consent of the author (copyright holder) is a violation of copyright law.


Be sure to check out the entire July 2009 issue of SFC Magazine for all the outstanding articles and stories and be sure to check out children’s author, Dan Gutman’s interview.

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1 comment:

  1. Amazing what a past generation's trash can tell us about them. Urnab anthropologists scour through layer's of trash at dumps to see what peoplle, say fifty years ago, threw away. heir history is in their trash. Interesting stuff.

    Stephen Tremp


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