Tonight: peaceful poetry

December 5, 2018

Come spend an hour honoring some of Whatcom County’s talented young writers as winners of the 2018 Youth Peace Poetry Contest read their poems. Presented by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and Village Books, the reading starts at 6:30pm in the Village Books Readings Gallery in Bellingham. Luther Allen emcees.


Youth Peace Poetry Contest

August 23, 2018

It’s time again for the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Youth Peace Poetry Contest. Young writers ages 4 to 18 are invited to submit their poems on the subject of peace (with themes such as listening, respect, anti-bullying, friendship, etc.). Five winning poets will receive public recognition and have the opportunity to read their poems aloud at the WDRC’s annual Peace Builders Awards Gala.

To read last year’s winning poems and to download a submission form, visit the WDRC Youth Peace Poetry Contest page.

Submission deadline: September 25, 2018

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.

WDRC Peaceful Poetry

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:

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.

Whatcom DRC Peaceful Poetry

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center invites K-12 students in Whatcom County, Washington, to submit a poem to the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest. The theme is peace, the deadline is October 10, 2014, and the details are on the Whatcom DRC Peaceful Poetry page.

LAST-MINUTE NOTICE: The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center is seeking youthful scribes and directors to submit poems (30 lines or less) or videos (1-3 minutes) for its debut Resolution Reels & Peaceful Poems Youth Contest. Whatcom County residents in grades K-12 are invited to submit by the deadline: October 11, 2013. See the details and guidelines on the website of the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

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