The Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library) has announced the finalists for the 2017 Washington State Book Awards. Categories include poetry, fiction, biography/memoir, history/general nonfiction, and several categories of youth books. See the complete list of finalists in The Seattle Times and mark your calendar for the awards celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Seattle Public Library. Congratulations to Washington’s prolific writers.

Poets Against Hate

February 6, 2016

Poets Against Hate

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, 2:00-5:00 p.m., the Seattle Public Library will welcome Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle’s Civic Poet, and a company of 60 outstanding poets, speaking out against hate. This free, family-friendly, public event, co-sponsored by the Jack Straw Foundation, 4Culture, Office of Arts & Culture, Raven Chronicles, and It’s About Time Writers Reading Series, will include poems in English, Spanish, Urdu, Arabic and Russian. See the list of poets at Raven Chronicles.

Congratulations, finalists!

September 11, 2015

Washington State Book AwardsThe Washington Center for the book has just announced their finalists for the 2015 Washington State Book Awards. The poets include Kelli Russell Agodon, the late Kim-An Lieberman, Tod Marshall and Red Pine. The winners will be announced at a 7:00pm reading on Saturday, October 10, 2015, in the Microsoft Auditorium of the Seattle Public Library. See the full list of finalists in Mary Ann Gwinn’s article in The Seattle Times.

Seattle Writes

July 29, 2015

Seattle Writes

Seattle Writes is a free, public program of The Seattle Public Library that offers workshops, write-ins and writing space. The Seattle Writes calendar currently includes a workshop on SELF-e, the Library’s free self-publishing platform, a presentation on book publishing by author Jayne Ann Krentz, and weekly NaNoWriMo write-ins during the month of November. Learn more on Seattle Writes.

SPL Washington Center for the BookThe Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library has announced the finalists for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. Books are considered in several categories: fiction, poetry, biography/memoir, history/general nonfiction and four groups of children’s books.

The winners will be announced at a free, public event on Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Central Library. The evening event will include readings, music, book sales and signings.

We congratulate this year’s poetry finalists:

See the complete list of finalists and more information about the Washington State Book Awards.

July 7 reading - Floating Bridge
Floating Bridge Press presents a free reading and conversation with Risa Denenberg, Sue Sutherland-Hanson, and Katy E. Ellis, with host Kathleen Flenniken. At the Fremont Branch, Seattle Public Library, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

calls for poetry…

January 18, 2014

three opportunitiesHere are several calls for submissions from regional organizations:

Richard Hugo House invites residents of Washington, Idaho, Oregon or Montana to submit a previously unpublished poem, short story or personal essay of no more than 1,500 words on the theme “Some Like it Hot” for the Hugo House New Works Competition. Entries must be received by Friday, January 31, 2014. There is an entry fee of $10. The contest will be judged by novelist/memoirist Peter Mountford and poet Kary Wayson.

As part of the celebration of National Poetry Month (April), the Seattle Public Library invites submissions for the second annual Haiku Hullabaloo. Children, teens and adults may enter haiku on the theme “Celebrate Seattle.” Submissions are open between February 1 and 5 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2014. View the guidelines and submit poems on the Library’s Haiku Hullabaloo web page.

Finally, those who live on Bainbridge Island or have a strong island connection are invited to submit poems on the theme “Don’t be afraid” for the Poetry Corners competition. The entry fee is $5 for students, $10 for adults, and submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014. Complete guidelines and submission details are posted on the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council Poetry Corner web page.

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