We are pleased to announce that Miami Beach resident Phyllis Barash has won the Like2Love Miami Beach poetry contest.



    The poetry contest, which ran from November 1 through December 2, 2013, produced 27 qualifying entries. In them, contestants  highlighted everything that makes Miami Beach a great place to live, work and play with their verses, while driving the community to visit our communication tools and channels.


    All entries submitted will be hung on a Poet Tree at Lummus Park from February 7-28, 2014, weather permitting.

    Poetry and communications professionals selected three finalists and the public helped choose the grandprize winner

     Winning Poem 
     First Runner Up
     Second Runner Up


    Entering the contest    |    Guidelines    |    Contest Rules    |    Judging/Criteria     |    Eligibility    |    Prizes



    Entering the contest is easy:  

    Simply email your one entry to mbmagazine@miamibeachfl.gov or send your submission via snail mail (must be postmarked by the deadline of December 2) to the following address: Office of Communications, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139.  


    • Poems do not have to rhyme, but we sure do enjoy a little play on words so get those creative juices flowing and give us the best you’ve got.   
    • You must write about why you Like to Love the City of Miami Beach. (We all love the weather, but that’s not the only reason we love Miami Beach, so make sure the poem is about a Miami Beach activity or place).   
    • You must incorporate the phrase “Like to Love Miami Beach” somewhere in the poem.   
    • Poems must be short and sweet—no more than eight lines please.   
    • We suggest you tap into real emotions and feelings as you write.   
    • Poems will be judged on the basis of originality, relevance to theme, uniqueness and poetic structure.  
    • Only one entry per person, open to all ages.   
    • DeadlinePoem must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013. Finalists will be chosen by December 9, and the winning entry will be announced January 2014.  

     Contest Rules:  

    • All entries must be the original creation of the submitting author. All rights to the entries must be owned by the author and shall remain the property of the author.   
    • The author gives permission to the City of Miami Beach to publish the entry on the city’s website, on our social media sites, display it on city property and publish it in MB magazine if the entry is selected as a finalist or winner.  


     Different factors will guide the judges in deciding which poems are worthy of being selected. Criteria includes  

    • Relevance to the theme (25%)   
    • Judge's Impression (25%)   
    • Poetic structure (25%)  
    • Originality (25%)  

    Judges will select three finalists and one grand prizewinner who will be selected on Facebook. 

    The finalists will be notified of their status via email in mid-Decmeber. 

    Then, we'll need a little help from you. You will have the chance to help us choose the grand prizewinner (to be announced January 2014) by voting on your favorite poem on Facebook. 

    Visit us back here for updates, or follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter. Use hashtag #LikeMBContest12. We'll keep you posted. 

    The LIKE2LOVE MIAMI BEACH Poetry Contest is open to the entire community, including Miami Beach employees. All poems must include the phrase "Like to Love Miami Beach." Photo entries become property of the City of Miami Beach and may be used for promotional purposes in various mediums. The City of Miami Beach reserves the right to disqualify entries considered unacceptable or inappropriate for the public viewing.  

    The grand prize is a two night stay at the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club on Miami Beach. Other prizes include the award-winning Taschen book Gustav Klimt. The Complete Paintings ($200 retail value) and two tickets to Panic! At the Disco at the Fillmore Miami Beach Jackson Gleason Theatre.    



































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