We posted about this contest back in April, but that was sooooo long ago, and it seems sooooo relevant to the current state of our lives that we’re reposting the information here. (Also, some of the information has changed.)

K-12 students in Whatcom County, Washington, are encouraged to submit poems or songs to the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest. Launched as a National Poetry Month action in partnership with Village Books, the contest is accepting submissions through Monday, September 25, 2017.

The five winning poets will receive gift cards, be videotaped by BTV-10, and be invited to the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s annual Peace Builder Awards and given the opportunity to read their poem aloud. Winning poems will be showcased throughout Whatcom County during the year in various locations, including libraries, schools, and small businesses. The work of winning teen poets will also be submitted to the Forest of Words annual library publication.

To download the submission form, submit poems, and see the names and some video recordings of previous winners, visit the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest page on the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center site and at Village Books.

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film poetry

September 4, 2017

In our ongoing effort to highlight the intersection of poetry and film, we note that Terrain.org is featuring three short films that blend poetry by Abeer Hoque, video by Josh Steinbauer, and music by Tom Asselin. The films accompany the release of Hoque’s new book, Olive Witch, a memoir about growing up across cultures in Nigeria, the States, and Bangladesh.

Please also note that the submission deadline for Terrain’s 8th Annual Contest in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry has been extended. TODAY, Monday, September 4, 2017, is the new deadline for contest entries. General, non-contest, submissions reopen tomorrow and continue through May 30, 2018.

Eric Kosarot
2017 Walk Award
By Eric R. Kosarot

Dusk falls on Toad Lake.
I slide over frozen fish and gaze into
ice swollen around dock planks.

A fracture like a lightning bolt
extends its frozen electricity
through unsheltered vaults of ice, wood and sky.

. . . . .
Eric Kosarot has self-published three poetry chapbooks, Cascade Winter, Azure Blue, and Writings in the Sky. He has a degree in Earth Arts Journalism from Fairhaven College. Currently Eric lives with his family in a yurt near Lake Whatcom and teaches music at Cascades Montessori Middle School.

“Slip of the Frozen Note” was inspired by this winter’s freezing temperatures. “I wrote it after visiting the iced-over lake with my mom. Several people, including myself, were exuberantly sliding across the thick ice while bystanders watched from beside a barbecue fire on the shore.”

. . . . .
*Copyright 2017 by Eric R. Kosarot. Broadside illustrated by Mat Hudson.

emerging poet?

May 17, 2017

If you live at least six months of the year in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon or Washington; and have yet to publish a book (including chapbooks, eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, and self-published works); and have no book forthcoming before October 1, 2017, the Montana Book Festival invites you to submit up to five pages of unpublished poetry to the 2017 Regional Emerging Writer’s Contest (there are fiction and nonfiction categories as well). The deadline is May 31, 2017, and there is a submission fee. Follow the link for guidelines and find more Montana Book Festival online and on Facebook.

found poem by j.i. kleinbergAttention students! The New York Times has opened its 8th annual Found Poem Student Contest for youth ages 13 to 19. Using no more than two articles from the entire New York Times archive as source material, “find” words for a poem of 14 lines or fewer. The deadline is 7:00am Eastern time on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, and the complete guidelines (and lots of suggestions) are on this page: The Learning Network | Our Eighth Annual Found Poem Student Contest.

Whatcom countdown

March 25, 2017

Attention Whatcom County poets! The deadline for submissions to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is Friday, March 31, 2017, 6:00pm. Submissions emailed, delivered or postmarked after March 31 will be disqualified.
See the complete guidelines on the 2017 Contest page… and send in your winning-est poem!

Whatcom get ready…

February 26, 2017

countdownIt’s almost time for Whatcom County poets to submit their one, best, original, previously-unpublished poem to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. Submissions will be accepted March 1 – 31 only, and all submissions must follow the guidelines regarding line and character count. See the complete guidelines on the 2017 Contest page and read about this year’s judges, Jacob Hartsoch and Laura Laffrado.

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