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However you feel about them, there’s no denying that insects are an important link in the human food chain. From providing sustenance to pollinating plants, our future—and the future of our Earth—relies on them.

This year, on Earth Day, invest in our planet—write a poem! 

Inlandia Institute and Riverside Insect Fair invite you to submit up to three poems inspired insects, specifically on how resilient they are. Selected poems will be invited to be read during the insect fair. 

Riverside Public Utilities’ theme for Earth Day this year is resiliency. Insects are resilient creatures, especially in the face of a persistent drought. Like humans, insects rely on water, and resiliency is the key to their survival. 

How to submit:

— Include up to three poems in one Word document that incorporates the theme of resiliency. Please be sure to include the author’s name, phone number, email address, and age.

— Each single poems should fit on one side of one 8.5”x11” (standard size) piece of paper in a standard size and font like Times New Roman 12 pt

— Poems written by a minor must be submitted by a parent or guardian.

Two poems each will be selected from each of three age categories: Under 12, 13-17, and 18+. Selected poets must be available to attend the fair in person and read their poem on stage on Earth Day, April 22, 2023.

Additionally, select poems may be published on the website or in a related publication.

Submit poems through this portal. If for any reason you cannot submit through this portal, please paste your submission into the body of an email and send them to specialevents@riversideca.gov.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.