The Oregon Poetry Association sponsors CASCADIA 2020: Oregon’s annual K-12 student poetry contest. Open for submissions October 15 through December 31, 2019.
Cascadia, the Oregon Student Poetry Contest, serves to nurture poetic talent of young Oregonians by providing an opportunity for their poems to be widely shared, published, and celebrated.
Ten unranked winners in each of four age categories receive $10 cash prizes. 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 at the award ceremony in April.
The ten winning poems in both the middle and high school divisions are eligible and may 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.
Former Cascadia award winners include Sophia Mautz, Portland Youth Poet Laureate and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards fellow, as well as 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. Winning poems have also been featured in Chalkboard, the newsletter of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English; read them at http://www.octe.org/uploads/1/7/8/6/17860185/chalkboard.2014.spring.pdf
Writing poetry to enter in the contest is often 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.
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.
Visit us at oregonpoets.org (See “Student Poetry Resources” under the RESOURCES tab)
This announcement was originally published by the Oregon Poetry Association.