hindsight

July 18, 2018

Whatcom WRITES is a writing contest offering writers of all ages and experience levels an opportunity to explore themes related to the year’s Whatcom READS title. Top entries are selected for publication and public presentation.

This year’s Whatcom READS title is The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & The Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan. The Whatcom WRITES theme is hindsight. Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are welcome and the deadline is October 1, 2018. Read the guidelines at Whatcom WRITES Writing Contest.

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meanwhile, in the UK

June 5, 2018

The First World War ended one hundred years ago this year. To mark the occasion, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre launched a national poetry competition: “Inspired by the war’s famous poets, we sought poetry that honoured those affected by service and paid tribute to humankind’s capacity to cope with adversity.”

They received five thousand submissions.

The judges selected a long list of 25 poems, then narrowed that down to a short list of five. The final selection is by popular vote. You can read the poems, hear/watch them read on video, and vote for your favorite at A Poem to Remember.

Winners and awards!

May 6, 2018

Bellingham Cruise TerminalCongratulations to the 2018 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winning poets! A total of 224 Whatcom County residents participated in the 13th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, which was judged this year by Richard Widerkehr and Jane Wong. The judges selected the 25 winning poems through a blind process.

The 10 Walk Award winners are six adults — Marie Eaton, Felicia Clemmons, Alandra Barker, Donald Antenen, Tanner Abernathy, and Nancy Canyon — and four students — Madeleine Joyce Patterson, Mason Cash, Izetria Grace-Lind, and Emma McCoy.

The 15 Merit Award winners are eight adults — KJ Vande Bossche, Elizabeth Vignali, Bonnita Lynne, Roger William Gilman, Leslie Wharton, Nora Whitley Abelite, Stephen Palmer, and Barbara L Weed — and seven students — Meagan Gillikin, Jackie Lomas, Jacob Murphy, Ellie Osterloh, Grace Moore, Allie Haugen, and EmmaThario.

The public is invited to honor the winners and to hear the poets read their winning entries at the contest’s awards ceremony, 7:00pm, Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Aveue in Fairhaven. The event and parking are free. Bellingham poet Kevin Murphy will emcee, and the judges will present award certificates.

A chapbook of poems from this year’s contest will be available for purchase, and all poems entered in this year’s contest will be on display at the ceremony.

Copies of each poem — on placards designed by Angela Boyle, Megan Carroll, Christian Anne Smith, and Kim Wulfestieg — will be displayed for a year inside Whatcom Transportation Authority buses circulating throughout the county. Also, Walk Award poems will be displayed for a year on engraved plaques on the Poetry Walk in front of the downtown Bellingham Public Library — one of a growing number of permanent poetry installations in the United States.

The winning poems and their placards will be posted on this page each Sunday, beginning after the awards ceremony, and linked to the Winners page.

Poem Booth time!

April 29, 2018

You could be as happy as Poem Booth winning poet Dayna Patterson (pictured above) if your poem is selected for framed display from June 1 to August 31, 2018, on the Forest Street side of the Community Food Co-op in downtown Bellingham. In addition to having their poem displayed, the winning poet will receive $25 cash and a $25 gift certificate to the Community Food Co-op.

Guidelines

  • Deadline: Sunday, May 20, 2018, by midnight
  • Submit poems to: poemboothbham@gmail.com
  • Format: one page maximum per poem, 12 point font, sent as a Word, PDF, or Note attachment via email
  • Please do not write your name or other recognizable information on your attached poem!
  • No computer? Mail your typed poem with a title and no other identifying information, plus a separate cover page with the title of the poem, your name, phone, mailing address, and email address, to Poem Booth, c/o Christen Mattix, 1133 Railroad Ave. #218, Bellingham, WA 98225.
  • Runner-up poems will be posted on the Poem Booth blog.
  • The winning poem will be announced on Friday, June 1, 2018

hear that sound?

March 30, 2018

clockIt’s the clock ticking down to the deadline for submissions to the 2018 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. If you’re a Whatcom County resident and you haven’t yet submitted your poem, you have until 6:00pm tomorrow, Saturday, March 31, to deliver it to Mindport Exhibits (note hours: Friday Noon-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm) OR Terra Organica (note hours: Friday 8am–8pm, Saturday 9am–8pm) OR by email (as a Word attachment) to BoyntonPoetryContest@hotmail.com. Late submissions will be disqualified; all submissions must conform to the guidelines.

Bring on the poems!

March 1, 2018

Whatcom County: send us your poems!

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest opens today, March 1, 2018, and will remain open until 6:00pm, Saturday, March 31. Whatcom County poets of all ages and all levels of experience (or lack thereof) are encouraged to submit a single poem for consideration. The judges, Richard Widerkehr and Jane Wong, will select 10 Walk Awards and 15 Merit Awards from the submissions. Read and follow the guidelines carefully. And please mark your calendar for Thursday, May 17, 2018, when the winning poets will read their work at the festive, free public awards ceremony.

countdown

February 22, 2018

It’s almost time…
The annual submission window for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will open a week from today, Thursday, March 1, 2018, and remain open until 6:00pm, Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Early and late submissions will be disqualified.

This would be an excellent time to review the submission guidelines and make sure your poem does not exceed the line count or character count.

Whatcom County poets, on your mark…

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