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.

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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…

last minute!

February 10, 2018

It’s not too late! Today, Saturday, February 10, 2018, poet Bethany Reid (author of the remarkable Sparrow, among other writings) will offer a free 90-minute workshop, Writing with Emily Dickinson.

In the workshop, Reid “will set her own poetry in the larger context of Dickinson’s, attempting to introduce Dickinson to those unfamiliar with her and to ‘estrange’ the poet from those who think they already understand her. The workshop includes time for participants to write from a prompt and share their work.”

The workshop will be held at the South Whatcom branch of the Whatcom County Library System, 10 Barn View Court, Sudden Valley, Gate 2, in Bellingham, 2:00-3:30pm. Bring writing materials.

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.

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!

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