Poetry contest for military family members

April is both the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month, and U.S. Sen. Al

Franken is hosting the poetry contest. (2012 file, Bob King / News Tribune)

Franken is hosting a poetry contest that merges the two events.

The contest is open to kids in grades K-12 who have parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts or uncles who are veterans or in the active military.

Submissions of 250 words or fewer can be sent to poetry@franken.senate.gov or by mail to Office of Sen. Al Franken, c/o Poetry Contest, 60 Plato Blvd. E., Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55107. One submission per writer is allowed.

There are three age categories: grades K-6, 7-9 and 10-12. The winner in each group will be invited to a reception at Sen. Franken’s office in St. Paul.