[kids-lib] FYI: Oregon Student Poetry Contest

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Sep 27 16:01:28 PDT 2013

I just received the following information about the 2014 Oregon Student Poetry Contest that some of you might be interested in. Some ideas interested public libraries might think about:

*         Print contest rules and make them available for patrons to take home after visiting your library

*         Post information about the contest on your website or FaceBook page

*         Host a poetry reading where kids can bring and read their favorite poems and promote the contest afterwards

*         Host a poetry writing workshop (feel this it out of your comfort zone, ask a local poet or retired English languages arts teacher to do it!)

*         Partner with a school that is participating by offering the public library as a venue for an evening/weekend poetry reading event at which the students could read the poems they wrote in school and entered into the contest

Questions? Contact
Tiel Aisha Ansari
tielansari at gmail.com<mailto:tielansari at gmail.com>

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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Oregon Poetry Association

2014 Oregon Student Poetry Contest

Poems accepted between November 1, 2013 and February 10, 2014 (postmark deadline)

Four Divisons: I: Kindergarten-Grade 2     II: Grade 3-Grade 5

III: Grade 6-Grade 8             IV: Grade 9-Grade 12

Oregon Student Contest Prizes: 10 prizes in each Division:
1st Place: $30, 2d Place: $20, 3d Place: $10, 7 Honorable Mentions: $5

Each of the 40 winners will receive a certificate and a copy of Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology, in which all 40 winning poems will be published.

The top 10 poems (3 winners and all Honorable Mentions) in Divisions III and IV will be entered into the 2014 Manningham Trust Student Contest by the OPA Student Contest Co-Chair, Steve Jones. This nationwide contest, sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, also awards cash prizes and a publication furnished to Manningham Contest winners.

Oregon Student Contest Rules
1.       Submit one original poem (your own individual creative work) on any subject, in any style or form, with a maximum of 40 lines. The poem must be titled, except for haiku, senryu, or limerick.
2.       Type or word process your poem on a single sheet of standard 8 1/2 X 11 white paper, one side only, in a standard type face; no fancy fonts, graphics, or illustrations.
3.       Send two copies of your poem. ON THE FIRST COPY, in the upper right hand corner, type your category (I, II, III, or IV) and grade level, name, school, school address and phone number, and the name (first and last) of your writing teacher. Also on this copy, type, and sign the following statement: This poem is my own original creative work and has not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other author's work, including poems posted on the Internet. ON THE SECOND COPY, type the category and grade level only-check to make sure your name does not appear anywhere on this copy.
4.       Mail to: OREGON POETRY ASSOCIATION, P.O. Box 1775, Corvallis, OR 97339
5.       The deadline is February 10, 2014 (postmarked).

2014 Oregon Student Poetry Contest Checklist
*         The one best poem you are submitting is your own original work and no more than 40 lines
*         Your poem is typed or word processed on one sheet of standard 8.5x11 white paper
*         Your poem appears on one side of the paper only in a standard 12 point font
*         You are sending two copies of your poem
*         One copy has your poem & in the upper right corner, the Division (I, II, III, or IV), your grade, your name, your school, your school's address and phone, & your teacher's first and last name
*         On the second copy of your poem, in the upper right corner, you have typed only the Division (I, II, III, or IV) and your grade--with no name appearing

*     (Optional) You have enclosed a stamped, self-addressed envelope to receive the Winner's List
*         Questions? Contact:   contest co-chair, Tiel Aisha Ansari, tielansari at gmail.com

September 23, 2013
Contact: Tiel Aisha Ansari
tielansari at gmail.com<mailto:tielansari at gmail.com>


The Oregon Poetry Association (OPA) is sponsoring the sixteenth annual Oregon Student Poetry Contest. Tiel Aisha Ansari of Portland, OR and Steve Jones of Corvallis, OR are the 2014 student contest co-chairs.

All Oregon students, kindergarten through 12th grade, enrolled in public, private, parochial and alternative schools, and home schooled, are invited to submit a poem. There is no entry fee. The deadline for entries is February 10, 2014 (postmark). Teams of OPA members that include established Oregon poets and poetry teachers will judge the poems.

Ten winners each in four age categories receive cash prizes ranging from $5 for honorable mentions to $30 for first place. All forty winning poems will be published in Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology. Each winner will receive a certificate and a copy of the anthology.

The winning poems and honorable mentions in the middle and high school divisions will be sent to the annual Manningham Trust Student Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NSFPS). This national competition also awards cash prizes and publication in an anthology. Oregon students who have won awards in the national contest include South Medford alumnus Kylan Rice, whose poetry can be sampled online at http://dailydoseoflit.com/2012/08/21/poem-kylan-rice/  and http://www.softblow.org/kylanrice.html  among others.

Writing poetry to enter in the contest is typically a class project organized by teachers in the various types of schools. OPA urges parents and teachers to encourage students to enter the contest. This is an excellent opportunity both to encourage and to reward creativity in Oregon students.

Complete guidelines can be found at http://oregonpoets.org/contests/student-contest/ or obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:
OREGON POETRY ASSOCIATION, 1724 NE Prescott, Portland OR 97211
or requested by email, Tiel Aisha Ansari, tielansari at gmail.com

OPA is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to:

  *   build and sustain a diverse community of Oregon poets
  *   provide Oregon poets opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another
  *   further the appreciation of poetry throughout the state
  *   raise awareness of Oregon poets.

The Oregon Student Poetry Contest serves to nurture poetic talent among young Oregonians by providing an opportunity for their poems to be widely shared and celebrated.

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