OPA 2019 Conference Registration and Workshop Descriptions

Join us for our fall conference and annual membership meeting September 14th and 15th!

$105.00 Member – $125.00 Non-Member – $60.00 student

Our conference theme, “Our Common Life,” is highlighted by this year’s keynote speaker, Penelope Scambly Schott, with her topic The Personal “I” in the Community of “We.” She says, “Skim through any contemporary poetry journal and you will find lots of poems written in first person singular. Some are persona poems but most are the poet’s own voice describing that poet’s own experience. How does the “I” poem relate to our shared world?”

Our conference location is the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St., SE, Salem, OR. Free parking at the Convention Center parking garage across the street. 

The Grand Hotel, 201 Liberty St., SE, Salem, OR 97301 (next to the Convention Center). Phone: (503) 540-7800, is offering a deluxe double queen rooms for (Friday and Saturday nights) Sept. 13-14, at the reduced rate of $159 plus tax for conference guests until August 10, at which time the rate will change to whatever rate is current. Also, there are several other hotels near the Convention Center, some for a lower cost.

Registration begins at 7:45 – 8:50 a.m. on Saturday, upstairs in the hallway outside the large, dividable, Croisan Creek Room where all the sessions are held. The book room will be set up in the Pringle Creek Room right next door. After you check in, if you have books for sale, continue on to the book room and check in your books.

The book room will be open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (except during the membership meeting). It will open again for a short time at 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. before the Open Mic.

The keynote opens the conference on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Attendees can bring guests to the keynote. Sessions will begin at 10:15 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. The Croisan Creek Room will be divided into three meeting rooms. A buffet lunch will commence at 12:30 p.m., followed by the annual membership meeting. More sessions pick up following the meeting. There will be a break for dinner on your own.

The readings for winning poets (fall 2018 and spring 2019) will open the Open Mic session at 7:00 pm. The amount of time available per person at the Open Mic will be decided by the moderator. Attendees can bring guests to this part of the conference, as is the case with the keynote in the morning.

Sunday there is a special limited number “Walkabout and Write” session which begins at 7:30 a.m. Details for that will be at the registration desk on Saturday. On Sunday, sessions start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.  The book room opens at 8:30 a.m., while authors’ book pick up is 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. The conference closes at that time with the exception of a new executive board meeting of less than one hour.

The following material will be available in your information packet at the registration table. If you would like to read about the 17 sessions that will be available and the bios of the presenters, check the links below for a downloadable PDF. Also the session schedule is also available for each day in the same format below. Please note that session schedules may be slightly changed by conference time.

We look forward to meeting you at the conference.

2019 National Federation of State Poetry Societies MANNINGHAM TRUST STUDENT POETRY WINNERS

Junior Division  Grades 6 through 8th

Judge:   Jana Bouma, Madison Lake, Minnesota

Cash Awards

1st Place    “This Big, Dark World” Bella Robinson, Portland, Oregon,  Grade 6

2nd Place  “My Childhood Poem” William Riebel, Salem, Oregon,  Grade 8

3rd Place  “Thinking Ocean” Caitlin Buffington, Centennial Colorado,  Grade 8

4th Place  “Views of a Vermillion Vineyard” Hannah Philip, Coppell, Texas, Grade 8

5th Place  “Ode in His Memory” Remy Finn, Dallas, Texas,  Grade 8

Honorable Mentions

1st HM  “A Wish or a Want?” Khaki Criss, Dallas, Texas, Grade 8

2nd HM  “A Little Too Familiar” Rachel Haynes, Centennial, Colorado, Grade 8

3rd  HM  I spoke a single word. Marcus Beebe, Jr., Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Grade 8

4th HM “Ode to a Scrunchy” Catherine Gillette, Ferandina Beach, Florida, Grade 8

5th  HM  “Swish Swoosh!” Zainab Nazeer, Lombard, Illinois, Grade 6

Senior Division   Grades 9 through 12th

Judge:   Christina Flaugher, Mapleton, Minnesota

Cash Awards

1st Place  “apothecary of cheongdam-dong” Sarah Kim,  Hinsdale, Illinois  Grade 12

2nd Place “Flying Pitch, Skip” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

3rd Place  “Home Is Far from Where I Stand” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

4th Place  “Gut Reflex” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

5th Place  “and if only” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

Honorable Mentions

1st HM “Monsoon Emblem” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

2nd HM “Alchemy Hour”  Jenna Sawyer, Uniontown, Ohio Grade 11

3rd HM “Pluto” Mykaela Reed, Sugar Grove, Ohio Grade 10

4th HM “When the Dinner Bell Rings” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

5th HM  “Art Poetica” Joe Chen, Lima, Ohio  Grade 12

Special mentions

“Bedtime Story” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

“Burned Pancakes” Ellen Pearson, Beaverton, Oregon  Grade 12

“Video Game Girl” Alana Scherer, West Des Moines, Iowa Grade 10

“We Meet Again, Beethoven” Nathan Phuong, Fort Wayne, Indiana  Grade 11

“Elegy for the Lost Soul” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

Judge’s Comments:  WOW! What an honor to be asked to judge these stunning poems. I have so much hope for the next generation of poets in this country after reading these poems. Going in I thought this would be easy and these amazingly talented young people blew me out of the water.   The top 40 poems were all strong, beautiful and touched a chord deep inside me. It made the judging extremely difficult. I wish I could have given twenty more awards. I got it down to fifteen and couldn’t go any lower. The wisdom and poise of these poem is stunning. I want to get know every single one of the winners because there’s so much that can learned from them. Thank you for the chance to experience these amazing works. 

Fall 2019 Poetry Contest Deadline: September 1, 2019

Limit: one entry per category.
1) Poet’s Choice: Limit 80 lines, any subject, any form. Judge: Carl Adamshick.
2) Members Only: Limit 20 lines, any subject, any form. Entrant must be a current OPA member. Judge: Leah Stenson.
3) New Poets: Limit 30 lines, any subject, any form. A new poet is someone with no more than two poems published in online or print journals. Self-published work is not considered published in this context. Judge: Stephanie Adams-Santos.
4) Traditional Form—Blank Verse: Limit 40 lines, blank verse form (unrhyming iambic pentameter), any subject. 
Judge: John Morrison.
5) Theme—Our Common Life: Limit 40 lines, any form, on the subject of “our common life.” 
Judge: Toni Lumbrazo Luna.

Spaces between stanzas do not count as lines.

Poet’s Choice: 1st $100; 2nd $50; 3rd $30; 3 Honorable Mentions.
All other categories: 1st $50; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; 3 Honorable Mentions.
All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be published on the OPA website and in the annual anthology of prizewinners, Verseweavers.

Entry Fee
OPA Members—Flat rate of $8 for up to five poems (limit of one poem per category).
Non-members— Flat rate of $15 for up to four poems (limit of one poem per category).

Submitted electronically or postmarked by September 1, 2019, midnight PDT.
Electronic submissions (preferred; see guidelines below): OPA Submittable.
By mail (see guidelines below):
OPA, Contest Entries, PO Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293.

Fall 2019 Poetry Contest Guidelines
1. Poems must be your original work, unpublished in print or online, and cannot have been a prior cash winner in any contest. Appearance on personal websites, blogs, Facebook pages, or critique groups does not constitute publication.
2. You may enter one poem in each category, a different poem in each, without duplication.
3. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but entry fees are non-refundable. If your poem is accepted elsewhere, notify OPA immediately via Submittable, or contact contest chair at Contact Contest Chair or by mail (address below) to withdraw your poem.
4. Format poems in 10- to 12-point font size, Times New Roman or another standard typeface.
5. Online submissions at http://OPA.submittable.com are preferred. The submission title is optional. In the comments field, please include your bio (third person, 75 words or less). In the upper-right corner of every page in your submission, indicate category and your poem’s line count. (Title and spaces between stanzas do not count as lines.) Your name or contact information should not appear on the poems. If entering in multiple categories, all poems must be submitted in a single document. Please use .doc or .docx format and put your last name at the start of the file name (e.g., “Smith-ContestEntry.docx”).
6. If unable to submit online, please submit two copies of each poem, one with your name and contact information and one without. On both copies, indicate category and your poem’s line count in the upper-right corner. Mail your entries by September 1, 2019 (postmark) to: OPA, Contest Entries, P.O. Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293. Entries will not be returned. Mailed entries must include a cover sheet with the poet’s name, bio (third person, 75 words or less), contact information, a list of poem titles, and a check to cover your entry fee payable to Oregon Poetry Association. An email address is required for all entries. No registered or certified mail, please.
7. If you join OPA at the time you enter, you are eligible for the Member rate, and for the Members Only category. (Please use the Become a Member option in Submittable prior to making your contest submission or mail your dues to OPA, P.O. Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293). Include a note in your contest entry stating that you have joined OPA.
8. Poems may not be edited and re-submitted; your submission is final.
9. Members Only category: For questions regarding membership, contact Membership Chair at http://oregonpoets.org/contacts/contact-membership-chair.
10. You may submit up to five poems, limited to one poem per category (up to four poems for non-members). OPA members pay a flat rate entry fee of $8 for up to five poems. Non-members pay a flat rate of $15 for up to four poems.
11. Winners will be notified in October 2019. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be posted on the OPA website and published in Verseweavers, OPA’s annual anthology. All rights revert to author after publication. OPA reserves the right to use prizewinning poems on the OPA website, on membership forms, etc.
12. Submissions not conforming to these rules will be disqualified.