April 6, 2017
Attention 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.
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!
February 26, 2017
It’s almost time for Whatcom County poets to submit their one, best, original, previously-unpublished poem to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest.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.
February 13, 2017
The judges for the 2017 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest are Jacob Hartsoch and Laura Laffrado. As always, after submissions are closed (March 31) the judges will both read every single poem that is submitted (without knowing the name of the poet) and will then work together to select the Walk and Merit winners.
Jacob Hartsoch grew up in a small Montana town and was inspired by Richard Hugo’s poetry about local places he knew and loved. His work has been selected three times in the annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest and he is the recipient of the Gonzaga University Costello Award in poetry. He lives in Bellingham with his wife and two young boys and is currently excited about wind, water, and reducing his family’s carbon footprint. Photo by Sheila Carson.
Laura Laffrado’s current work is focused on returning forgotten Pacific Northwest writer Ella Rhoads Higginson to literary prominence. Her most recent book is Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature (2015). Laffrado is also author of Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century US Women’s Writing (2009, 2015) and other books and essays. She is Professor of English at Western Washington University.
This year’s guidelines are posted on the 2017 Contest page.
January 26, 2017
Whatcom County (Washington) poets, the guidelines for the 2017 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest are now posted on the 2017 Contest page.
September 6, 2016
If you are a King County, Washington, resident, you are encouraged to submit a poem for the next round of Poetry on Buses. 365 poems will be selected for online publication and some of those will be featured in King County Metro and Sound Transit buses, trains and stations in 2017.
The deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016, 11:59pm PDT. The theme is “Your Body of Water” and the length is a maximum of 50 words, not including the title. See the complete guidelines on the Poetry on Buses website.
April 20, 2016
What are your plans for the summer? If you’re in grades K-12 and you’re a Whatcom County resident, consider writing and submitting a poem for the 2016 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest, hosted by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC). Poems on peaceful themes can be submitted between now and September 30, 2016, either online or by mail.
And there’s more!
WDRC invites K-12 students and their families to drop in to reflect, imagine and create at a FREE Peaceful Poetry Writer’s Workshop:
- Friday, April 22, 2016, 3:30-4:30pm, at the Lynden Public Library
- Thursday, April 28, 2016, 3:30-4:30pm, at the Bellingham Public Library
- Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 4:00-5:00pm, at the Ferndale Public Library
These free workshops allow students to explore poetry styles and engage their creativity through interactive exercises. The’ll leave having created a poem for the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest.