CALLING ALL POETS FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE…

Do you dream in poetry or write rhymes that move people? Do you know a young person whose talent jumps off the page? Apply to become the City of Oakland’s “Youth Poet Laureate” for 2014. The winning poet will earn a $5,000 educational scholarship and embark on a year of opportunities serving as an ambassador for literacy, arts and youth expression. Beginning in February 2014, we will accept submissions from talented young writers (age 13-18) to be considered for this top literary honor. Get ready with The Laureate Lab Youth Poetry Workshops, starting in January 2014.

Application Deadline is Monday, April 7, 2014.

Spearheaded by Oakland Public Library, Youth Speaks and Pro Arts, with a broad group of community partners, we are looking for young writers who represent the best of the Bay. Is this your moment?

Prizes

  • $5,000 educational scholarship
  • Publishing and leadership opportunities

Eligibility

  • Must be between 13 – 18 years old
  • Must live or attend school in Oakland
  • Plan to stay in the greater Bay Area next year (September 2014 - July 2015)
  • Family members of judges, funders and active committee members are not eligible to apply
  • Youth in juvenile detention may apply as long as you will be released by September 2014

How do I apply?

  1. First, read the Application Requirements >>
  2. APPLY NOW. Applications are due by APRIL 7, 2014 at 5pm.

Past Winners

 

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