The Atlanta Hawks want high school students to talk about “their” Atlanta. So the NBA franchise recently announced its “2013 Poetry Slam Contest.”

High school students, grades 9-12 who attend school within 75 miles of Philips Arena, can submit written poems or DVD recordings of poems capturing the “My Atlanta” theme – sharing the people, places and experiences of Atlanta that makes the city unique to them.

Beginning Jan.17 through Feb. 15, 2013, students are invited to submit written poems of 200 words or less, or DVD recordings that do not exceed 90 seconds. Selected finalists will perform on March 21, 2013 at Hard Rock Café in downtown Atlanta.

Mail entries should be sent to: The Atlanta Hawks, Attn: Andrea K. Carter at 101 Marietta Street, Suite 1900, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, or fax submissions to (404) 878-3480. Each entry will be judged on correlation to the topic “My Atlanta,” overall message, originality and creativity.

The contest will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners with prizes for each to include Atlanta Hawks signed merchandise, electronics such as a laptop and TV, and tickets to a Hawks game. For more information, contest rules and dates, visit for complete contest rules and relative information.

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