The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA), operator of Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR), last week announced the launch of “Poetry in Flight,” a month-long poetry contest for both adults and youths.

The month-long contest is a celebration of National Poetry Month, held every April, and is being done in conjunction with the YMCA of Central New York’s Downtown Writers Center (DWC) and Delta Air Lines.

Poems must be aviation or travel themed with the youth category comprised of students in grades 6-12. The poetry will be judged by a panel of local writers organized by the DWC.

“The poetry in this contest captures the spirit of a region returning to travel and looking with hope to the future,” said Jason Terreri, SYR executive director. “We believe this contest is an excellent addition to our growing art program in the terminal, offering yet another way to showcase the creative talents of the community we serve.”

The youth category winner will receive a gift basket from Barnes and Noble valued at $500, as well as one year enrollment in the Young Authors Academy at the YMCA of Central New York’s DWC in Syracuse. The winner of the adult category will receive a pair of round-trip plane tickets good for travel in the 48 contiguous states or Canada, courtesy of Delta Air lines.

Both contest winners will also have their poetry displayed in the SYR terminal.