2019 Cascadia Student Poetry Contest Opens!

2019 Cascadia Student Poetry Contest Guidelines

Poems accepted between October 15, 2018 and December 31, 2018 (postmark deadline)

Division I: Kindergarten – Grade 2

Division II: Grade 3 – Grade 5

Division III: Grade 6 – Grade 8

Division IV: Grade 9 – Grade 12

Contest open to all K-12 students throughout the state of Oregon, including public, private, parochial and home school students.

Each winner will receive a certificate and a copy of Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology, in which all 40 winning poems will be published. Winners will be announced no later than February 1st, 2019; there will be an award ceremony in Spring 2019, at which students will be invited to read their poems.

All winners in Divisions III and IV will be entered into the nationwide 2019 Manningham Trust Student Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. This contest also awards cash prizes and a publication furnished to Manningham Contest winners.

Cascadia 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 10-12 point type face; no fancy fonts, graphics, or illustrations. Use black ink.
  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 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. Then, sign your name below the statement of originality.

ON THE SECOND COPY, type the category and grade level only—check to make sure your name does not appear anywhere on this copy.

  1. Mail to:

Lisa E. Baldwin, co-editor
Cascadia Student Poetry Contest
1252 Redwood Ave., PMB 136
Grants Pass, OR 97527-5592

The deadline is December 31, 2018 (postmarked).


2019 Cascadia 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 8.5×11 white paper, black ink
  • 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 anywhere on this copy.

OPA 2018 Conference – Registration Opens

Calling all Poets: Register now for the 2018 Oregon Poetry Association Conference!

September 29-30, 2018
Valley River Inn, Eugene, OR

Update: Final Conference Schedule (click on “Read all of this item” below to view schedule)

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Saturday 9 a.m. keynote opens the conference
Kim Stafford, Oregon Poet Laureate: “The Flavor of Unity”

Poetry Workshops, Book Room
Buffet lunch and OPA annual membership meeting
Readings by OPA contest winners and Open Mic
Early Risers Coffee and Poetry Art Walk

Special Event on September 28th at 4 p.m.
The award ceremony for the first undergraduate poetry contest sponsored by the University of Oregon Knight Library/Special Collections and Oregon Poetry Association will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018 in the Browsing Room at the Knight Library from 4 to 6 PM. Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public.

The two undergraduate winners, Sarah Hovet and Joshua Plack, will be reading, as well as four other poets selected by the Oregon Poetry Association and the University of Oregon. Those poets are Andrew Gonzalez, Amy Miller, Amanda Cox and Tia North.

1501 Kincaid St. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon campus

Early Bird Registration: $85 for members before August 28th
$105 for non-members or for members after August 28th
$60 for students (college or high school) any time

For overnight accommodations, contact the Valley River Inn at 1-(800) 543-8266 or (541) 743-1000 before August 28th to get the group rate: $119.00 (plus taxes and/or fees) for a deluxe single or double (includes breakfast). Additional people may be added to a room for $20.00 each. Advance deposit (or credit card guarantee) required. Be sure to mention the Oregon Poetry Association for group rate above. Parking is free.

Download the registration form:

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Download a conference flier and share it with your friends:

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Multnomah Arts Center’s poetry post open call

A panel of writers will choose ten to twelve pieces of poetry or prose to be featured in Multnomah Arts Center’s poetry post throughout 2019! With the writer’s permission, selected pieces will also be shared on MAC’s Facebook page. Kim Stafford called MAC’s poetry pole “just exactly what it is, the most beautiful poetry post in Portland,” built and designed by five local artists, with nearly 200 poems distributed to the
public each month.

• Email up to two typed works, no longer than one page each (Word or PDF format) to:
• Include short bio and phone number in your email.
• Poetry with English translation welcome.
• Content should be appropriate for all ages.
• Submissions must be received by 10/1/2018. Writers will be notified of decisions by