Whatcom WRITES

May 28, 2019

book cover

Each year, Whatcom County, like many communities, selects a single title as a community read. For 2020, the Whatcom READS book is To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. As an extension of the program, Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all ages and experience levels to explore themes related to the book and to submit work to the annual contest. The theme this year is discovery and the deadline for submissions is October 15, 2019. Read the guidelines here.



May 10, 2019

Residents of Whatcom County are invited to submit a poem to be displayed in the Poem Booth at the downtown Bellingham Co-op. One poem, one page maximum, and the deadline is Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Read the guidelines. Send a poem.

And if you’re at the Co-op, stop by and read the second-quarter winning poem, North Garden Glass by Leah Hill. (You can also find the winning poem and the three runners-up on the Poem Booth blog.)

send poems!

March 17, 2019

Attention, Whatcom County poets: you have just two more weeks to submit your poem to the 2019 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. The submission deadline is 6:00pm, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Submissions can be mailed, hand-delivered, or emailed, but they must arrive by the deadline.

See the complete guidelines on the 2019 Contest page and submit your very best poem. If it’s a winner, it could find a home in front of the Bellingham Public Library and/or inside a Whatcom Transportation Authority bus for a full year!

call for poems

March 1, 2019

Whatcom County: send us your poems!

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest opens today and remains open until 6:00pm, Sunday, March 31, 2019. All Whatcom County poets, regardless of age or poetry experience, are invited to submit ONE poem for consideration. Please read and following the guidelines on the 2019 Contest page.

Attention Whatcom teens!

January 22, 2019

Whatcom County teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter their original poetry for inclusion in A Forest of Words 2019, a teen poetry anthology, which will be distributed to area schools and libraries. Accepted poets receive a copy of the book (and bragging rights!) if their work is accepted for publication. A panel of library staff and area teens select poems based on originality, creativity, and craft.

The deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019.

The guidelines are here.

(And of course, don’t forget to submit your poem to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, which is open for submissions during the month of March from poets of all ages .)

Poem Booth time again!

January 18, 2019

The Bellingham Poem Booth, currently displaying “Dear Em” by Danny Canham, invites Whatcom County residents to submit poems for the next quarter’s display.

The deadline is midnight on February 5, 2019.

See the submission guidelines here and stop by the Downtown Community Co-op to see the Poem Booth in person.

after summer…

August 1, 2018

There’s not much on the 100 Thousand Poets for Change calendar for 2018, but the date is set for this year’s global event: Saturday, September 29, and signups are open for local organizers.

Meanwhile, we noticed that Birmingham, Alabama, is well ahead of the curve and is teaming up with Glass: A Journal of Poetry to publish the work of poets selected from an open call. What’s happening where you write?

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art by Jim Spitzer

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