Student Contest

The current Student Contest Page (as of November 25, 2015) is at http://oregonpoets.org/category/student-contest/  Please visit this page for the 2016 student contest information.

 


 

2015 MANNINGHAM CONTEST WINNERS

The Oregon Poetry Association congratulates the following winners in the nationwide student poetry contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and by the Manningham Trust.

Division III: Sixth through Eighth Grade

Third Honorable Mention: Kendrick Lee, “Concerto 21”: Spencer Butte Middle School, teacher Michael Roderick

Division IV: Ninth through Twelfth Grade

Fourth Place Winner: Marley Lopez, “Pursed Lips”: St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

First Honorable Mention: Marley C. Eggertson, “Circling Morocco”: Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson

Third Honorable Mention: Grace M. Hermes, “Sepia Skyline”: St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

OPA thanks Budd Mahan, NFSPS student contest chair, and the NFSPS judges. Congratulations to our student winners and their teachers and families!

2015 Oregon Student Poetry Contest Winners!

 

The Oregon Poetry Association congratulates the winners in the seventeenth annual student poetry contest.

Division I: Kindergarten through Second Grade

Climbing the Tree by Brin Shilhanek, Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Kathy Bowers

Love by Hailey Howland, Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Kathy Bowers

Trouble by Rowan Bay, Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Kathy Bowers

Friendship by William Bishop, Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Kathy Bowers

 

Division II: Third through Fifth Grade

The Background and Foreground by Abraham Kushner, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriett Wingard

At the Pond by Brett Kinnett, Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Caprice Rose

untitled haiku by Elizabeth Mehr, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher James Juntunen

I’m the “menorah-ty” not the majority! by Gili Heyman, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher James Juntunen

A Nightmare Is… by Isabelle McCready, Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Caprice Rose

At the House by Kaiden Welter, Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Caprice Rose

Spy by Mailley Pierson, Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Caprice Rose

Thomas Creek by McKenzie Baker, Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Caprice Rose

Circles in the Forest by Natalie Ella Rose Adler, Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson

Where Music Comes From by Niomi Markel, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher James Juntunen

 

Division III: Sixth through Eighth Grade

Horse Haven by Abigail Zuber, Neer City School, teacher Rebecca Zuber

Apologies by Anushka Nair, Lake Oswego Junior High School, teacher Aletia Cochran

My Teammates by Clara Liebert, Chief Joseph/Ockley Green School, teacher Greg Huntington

Sunset by Elizabeth Young, Arlington Community Charter School, teacher Mark Stringer

Rules by Kaitlyn Faith Zuber, Neer City School, teacher Rebecca Zuber

Concerto 21 by Kendrick Lee, Spencer Butte Middle School, teacher Michael Roderick

Unwritten by Marielle LeFave, St. Clare School, teacher MaryEllen Harmeyer

Brokedown Cowboy by Morgan Kennedy, Eagle Point Middle School, teacher Rick Taylor

Now it is Winter by Sarah E. Zuber, Neer City School, teacher Rebecca Zuber

Lonely by Seth Talyansky, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriett Wingard

 

Division IV: Ninth through Twelfth Grade

Smuckers on a Sunday Morning by Crystal Liu, Lake Oswego High School, teacher Julie Davis

Trapeze by Emma Sanford, Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson

This Moment by Gabrielle Cohn, Wilson High School, teacher Rodney Maack

Sepia Skyline by Grace M. Hermes, St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

Rewind by Kaitee Steiert, St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Francesca Cronan

Lessons by Kelsey Dunn, Lincoln High School, teacher Barbara Brown

The Futility of Immortality by Larissa Banitt, St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

Pursed Lips by Marley Lopez, St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

Circling Morocco by Marley C. Eggertsen, Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson

How to Pray without Religion by Sophia Mautz, Lincoln High School, teacher Mark Halpern

 

 

2015 STUDENT CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY

June 20th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Charles Jordan Community Center

9009 N Foss Ave.

Portland, Oregon

Read about the center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPA SPONSORS 2015 OREGON STUDENT POETRY CONTEST

The Oregon Poetry Association (OPA) is sponsoring the seventeenth annual Oregon Student Poetry Contest. Tiel Aisha Ansari of Portland, OR and Steve Jones of Corvallis, OR are the 2015 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, 2015 (postmark).

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. The ten winning poems in both the middle and high school divisions are eligible and 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 Daily Dose of Lit and Softblow among others. Winning poems have also been featured in Chalkboard, the newsletter of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English.

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.

A note for teachers, from Steve Jones, Co-Director, Oregon Writing Project Collaborative at George Fox and Co-Chair, Oregon Young Poets 2015 Contest:

COMMON CORE SUPPORTS POETRY READING AND WRITING

Jim Burke in his recently published “Common Core Handbook” maintains that teaching writing well will always demand that teachers and students read widely in all genres, write daily with peer and teacher feedback with opportunities for student revision–while using mentor texts from all genres, including poetry, short stories and essays. Burke teaches us how Common Core supports this wide reading and writing in all literary genres. National Writing Project research also tells us that when writers strengthen their writing in any genre, they strengthen their overall skills as writers. Writers are people who write and write and write. So, teachers, encourage your students to write in all literary genres, confident that they will benefit and become stronger and more effective writers.

Complete guidelines can be read below. A printed copy can be 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

 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.

 

2015 Oregon Student Poetry Contest Rules

Poems accepted between November 1, 2014 and February 10, 2015 (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

Prizes: 10 unranked prizes in each Division, $10.00 each

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.

All winners in Divisions III and IV will be entered into the 2015 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Mail to: OREGON POETRY ASSOCIATION, P.O. Box 1775, Corvallis, OR 97339
  1. The deadline is February 10, 2015 (postmarked).

2015 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 8.5×11 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 that copy, beneath your poem, you have typed and signed 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 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

Writing Teachers and Students(K-12): Student Writing Prompts and Revision Strategies

Re-Seeing What We Write

When asking “What Next?” of a first draft, remember grandfather, Peter Elbow’s maxim: Our first draft is often only half there. Revision is the opportunity to grow and discover the missing half––often the half that makes our work fully present, complete and publishable.
1. Leave your work to cool for a couple days when possible and find multiple ways to read aloud for your own ear and for friends and family. Have them ask questions. What would they like to know more about? What has not been explored yet? What is unclear or confusing? What comes to mind when they hear your piece?
2. Write a second version from memory, recasting the piece, looking for new expressions and details. Then combine the best of both versions.
3. Look at your verbs and dump the “it is’s”, looking for vivid verbs and detailed, specific nouns.
4. What have you not said yet? If there is a touchy or delicate topic to be explored, do it. You don’t have to use this writing in the final draft, but Nat Goldberg cautions us that what is difficult to write about is likely important, unique and interesting.
5. Watch for ways to include several of the five senses in telling detail: touch/smell/sound/sight/feel and maybe intuition.
6. Read lots and lots of poems in little magazines, anthologies bound and online, looking for unique approaches, words and ideas to explore. This wide reading helps you understand the poetry genre and often can supply a missing or pivotal word that can expand your work in progress.
7. Apply the Strunk and White maxim: Like a machine, a sentence should have not extra parts. Watch for wordy constructions that can be boiled down to lively speech-like prose.
8. What images are featured so far? In other words, What are the visual pictures you paint in the reader’s head. List these. What additional pictures might be powerful?
9. Do some “Peter Elbow Looping” where you freewrite around the topic of your poem to discover new ways of seeing––What are you “prejudices” on this topic? What are your first and second thoughts when this topic comes to mind? Invent a conversation between advocates pro and con on this topic.
Vary the audience: younger, older, workers, teachers, experts. List things that are almost true about your topic. Freewrite as if you were someone else writing on this topic. Like all freewriting, you don’t need to believe in “looping” for it to work, for it to expand your thinking and ideas. Be reckless in your freewritten exploration.

Some Playful, Aggravating & Reusable Poetry Prompts

1. Things I’m afraid to tell myself
2. Ways of Oregon rain
3. I’m from a place where
4. Things Momma don’t allow
5. Things I’ve learned lately
6. Nerudian questions like––What truly sleeps in a riverbed?
Why is everything more beautiful underwater? Why do rivers
journey? How far can you travel downriver? Who is the river
murmuring to? What cleans and aerates you like rapids?
7. What’s hidden in the trance of high school?
8. How best can we share this ocean of air?
9. What of the silence around your name?
10.When is there a vortex of noise?
11.What is the simplicity of trees?
12.Being quiet and listening to breath
13.What is meditative for you?
14.What can night teach us?
15.Finding our way in the dark
16.Earth teaches her children . . .
17.Fall was in the air
18.Winter falls like a shroud
19.The warmth of wool
20.Slouching in mud
21.Hills dodge everywhere
22.This careless river
23.The reckless surf
24.Slow children at play
25.Meditation: Don’t even think about it
26.Walking perpetually changes the scenery
27.Hot winds discourage clothing
28.How dusty and barren Mexico’s inland womb
29.It’s better tomorrow/Mejores manana
30.Travel provides new perspective
31.Exchanging greetings with everyone I pass
32.Travel is unpredictable like me
33.A walk through the house through a child’s eyes
34.What good is a day?
35.“Absence” as positive and/or negative
36.What can a poem do?
37.A paradise of strangers
38.An ode to transitory things
39.In celebration of favorite foods
40.An ode to small objects
41.Seeing through the layers

Poems as Prompts

Finding poetry prompts in the captivating richness of poems: Use the following strategies to start your own poem drafts (notes for poems) in response to favorite poems, playfully finding poetry prompts in the captivating richness of poems by reading, reading, reading poems:
*Quick write all that comes to mind initially after first reading the poem title. Then read the poem and add your responses to this initial reflection toward your own new draft poem.
*Pick a favorite line or phrase for your draft title or use as a repeating refrain. Variation of above––pick a series of phrases (3-4), freewrite a few lines to each one and put the writing together for a draft poem with interesting leaps.
*Make a list of several favorite words from the poem and use them in your draft.
*What could happen next in the model poem? Quick write on this. What has not been mentioned yet in the model poem? Quick write other ways to see this topic.
*Copy the model poem out in longhand and watch how it’s constructed, underlining your favorite words and phrases to be responded to in your draft.
*Read the model poem aloud to fully savor the nuances of rhythm and sound, then find a way to develop a similar sound in your own work––possibly using a phrase from the model as a refrain, or repeating a question and/or statement throughout your new draft poem.
*What does reading the model poem make you think of––list the mind pictures and images that come to mind––write about these in a series of short freewrites and juxtapose these short passages together in a new poem draft.
*Use a favorite line from the model poem as an epigraph and draft a new poem as an expansion on this idea or image, always striving to see with new eyes.
*Re-vision: Begin several new draft poems, notes for poems, and pick your most interesting for revision and expansion. Re-read your drafts and watch for opportunities to add more vivid detail and images, knowing that first drafts are most often only half-written––only half there.
*By encouraging writers to find prompts in the poems they read, they accomplish two or more things at once––they are encouraged to read lots of poems, finding favorite phrases, words and ideas, and they always have an abundance of writing starts at hand––all the published poems in the world around them.
Please share your additional poems-as-prompts ideas: <srjones24407@gmail.com>.

 

 

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2014 STUDENT CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY

June 21st, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Charles Jordan Community Center

9009 N Foss Ave.

Portland, Oregon

Read about the center

 

 

 

2014 MANNINGHAM CONTEST WINNERS

Once again, Oregon makes a strong showing in the nationwide student poetry contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and by the Manningham Trust.

Congratulations go out to the following:

Division III: Sixth through Eighth Grade

Second Place Winner: Emma Sanford, “Autumn Afternoon”: Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson

Division IV: Ninth through Twelfth Grade

First Place Winner: Madison Cho-Richmond, “Variations of Loneliness”: Lake Oswego High School, teachers Lisa Mitchell and Jami Wray

Fourth Place Winner: Lena Breda, “Ash and Blood”: St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

Fifth Place Winner: Sydney Wisner, “Mom’s Blue Sweater”: St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

First Honorable Mention: Maddie Cane, “Nomad”: St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

OPA thanks Budd Mahan, NFSPS student contest chair, and the NFSPS judges. Congratulations to our student winners and their teachers and families!

2014 OREGON STUDENT POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

OPA and co-chairs Steve Jones and Tiel Ansari congratulate the winners of its sixteenth annual student poetry contest.

Division I: Kindergarten through Second Grade

First Place Winner: Claire Hunsberger, “The Rosebush”: Marylhurst School, teachers Mary Mahorney and Ashleigh Hess
Second Place Winner: Alex Rawls, “A Summer Night”: Marylhurst School, teachers Mary Mahorney and Ashleigh Hess
Third Place Winner: Oliver Gaines, “Accidental Nature”: Marylhurst School, teachers Mary Mahorney and Ashleigh Hess

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)
Addison Campbell, “The Dinosaur”: Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Linda Flood
Grant Gill, “The Bear”: Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Linda Flood
Liam Kinnett, “I’m Afraid of Hippos”: Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Linda Flood
Eden Moore, “The Owl”: Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Linda Flood
Arabella Pobuda, “The Dog”: Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Linda Flood
Natalie Reid, “Candyland”: Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Linda Flood
Ronan Repasky, “To Live to 101”: Rieke Elementary School, teachers Laura Jackson and Julie Smith

Division II: Third through Fifth Grade

First Place Winner: Amy Amato, “When the Time is Right”: Heritage School, teacher Elaine Olsen
Second Place Winner: Shiloh Springford, “January Scenes: Haiku”: Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson
Third Place Winner: Isibiah Durham, “Noticing Winter”: Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)
Natalie Ella Rose Adler, “September’s End”: Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson
Shai Blattner, “As We Fall, We Rise”: Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Jim Juntunen
Claire Graham, “Drawing the Forest”: McKinley Elementary School, teacher Kelly Swartzenruber
Liam Klau, “My Sword”: Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Jim Juntunen
Tobin Otto, “The Journey Through Life”: Candalaria Elementary School, teacher Cara Cain
Isabella S. Phillips, “I Taught My Dog how to Play Four-Square”: Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Jim Juntunen
Xavier Rauch-Moore, “Seascape”: Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson

Division III: Sixth through Eighth Grade

First Place Winner: Abby Woodside, “Boppa Who”: Jackson Middle School, teacher Scott Cameron
Second Place Winners, tie:
Emma Latendresse, “Chrysanthemums in the Sun”: Catlin Gabel School, teacher Christa Kaainoa
Charlotte Speyer-Stocks, “Gone”: Catlin Gabel School, teacher Christa Kaainoa
Third Place Winner: Marielle Le Fave, “Religion Study Guide”: St. Clare School, teacher MaryEllen Harmeyer

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)
Lily Barna, “Burnished Gold”: Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard
Sebastian Hobbs, “Encounter on Pole Bridge”: Enterprise Junior High School, teacher Janet Davis
Kendrick Lee, “In pairs, they lived”: Spencer Butte Middle School, teacher Olivia Steiber
Anushka Nair, “Circles, North”: Lake Oswego Junior High School, teacher Kristin Allan
Claire Petersen, “Value of Friends”: Lakeridge Junior High School, teacher Amy Ryan
Emma Sanford, “Autumn Afternoon”: Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson
Nickie Schuster, “All These Suicide Attempts”: Rowe Middle School, teacher Amanda Blakemore

Division IV: Ninth through Twelfth Grade

First Place Winner: Madison Cho-Richmond, “Variations of Loneliness”: Lake Oswego High School, teachers Lisa Mitchell and Jami Wray
Second Place Winner: Lena Breda, “Ash and Blood”: St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi
Third Place Winners, tie:
Maddie Cane, “Nomad”: St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi
Anselm LeFave, “Octavian Nothing”: Jesuit High School, teacher René Villareal

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)
Anisha Datta, “Sniper Eyes”: Glencoe High School, teacher Duncan Wyndham
Gabriela Key, “Brown”: St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi
Myles J. Marcus, “Mango”: Ashland High School, teacher Timothy Cate
Daisy Truong, “Doll’s Eyes”: Cleveland High School, teacher Betsy Tighe
Sydney Wisner, “Mom’s Blue Sweater”: St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi
Crystal Liu, “I Sing the Nature Electric”: Lake Oswego High School, teacher Jami Wray

Winners from Division III and IV have been forwarded to the Manningham Trust’s national student poetry contest, sponsored by NFSPS.

2014 OREGON STUDENT POETRY CONTEST

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.

RULES

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 8.5×11 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 that copy, beneath your poem, you have typed and signed 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 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@gmail.com

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The fifteenth annual OPA student poetry contest concluded Saturday, June 22d, with an awards ceremony. Students who were able to attend received awards and were invited to read their award-winning poems.

Winning poems have been published in the annual journal of student poetry, Cascadia, produced by Arrowcloud Press of Eugene and edited by Steven Blue. Issues of Cascadia will be mailed to all winning students and their teachers.

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The Oregon Poetry Association is pleased to congratulate the following winners in the 2013 Student Poetry Contest:

Division I: Kindergarten through Second Grade

First Place: “Yoga” by Marlene Mackzum, Hope Chinese Charter School, Portland

Second Place: “Winter” by Leo Decker, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Third Place: “Water” by Loren Thompson, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Honorable Mention: “A Poem in the Light” by Macey Pine, Creative Science School, Portland

Honorable Mention: “Blue Airplanes” by Cecilia Valdovinos, home-schooled, Damascus

Honorable Mention: “Blue Moon” by Daisy Schmeling, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Honorable Mention: “Proof of Autumn” by Xavier Rauch Moore, Create Solutions Tutoring, Ashland

Honorable Mention: “Sounds of Poetry” by Torin Repasky, Mary Rieke Elementary School, Portland

Honorable Mention: “Sun” by Amy Amato, Heritage School, Salem

Honorable Mention: “The Shooting Star” by Mazzy Garcia, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Division II: Third through Fifth Grade

 

First Place: “It Feels Like” by Charlotte Angermeier, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Second Place: “I Am Not Alone” by Talia Rosenbloom, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland

Third Place: “River” by Harper Strong, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Honorable Mention: “Bad Dreams” by Ellie Kojima, Fir Grove Elementary, Beaverton

Honorable Mention: “Big or Small?” by Samuel Rothstein, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland

Honorable Mention: “Bob” by Max Spencer, West Park Elementary School, Hermiston

Honorable Mention: “Freckles of Light” by Olivia Jacobs, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland

Honorable Mention: “Friendship” by Sutton Guyer, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Honorable Mention: “Love” by Callan Skuratowicz, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Honorable Mention: “Son of the Shadow” by Henry Seal, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland

 

Division III: Sixth through Eighth Grade

 

First Place: “Persistence of Memory” by Kendrick Lee, Spencer Butte Middle School, Eugene

Second Place: “Autumn” by Gabi Cohn, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland

Third Place: “Something that comes from the heart” by Marly Lopez, Catlin Gabel School, Portland

Honorable Mention: “Art Inspires” by Lila Reich, Catlin Gabel School, Portland

Honorable Mention: “Christmas Wish” by Logan Rothell, Eagle Point Middle School, Eagle Point

Honorable Mention: “I am a branch” by Leila Kenner, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Honorable Mention: “Never Again” by Nathan Bray, Eagle Point Middle School, Eagle Point

Honorable Mention: “Rose Window Scripted” by Amaya Acost-Lieb, Create Solutions Tutoring, Ashland

Honorable Mention: “Something Happens” by Korynn Fitzjarrell, Creswell Middle School, Creswell

Honorable Mention: “Where I’m From” by Lela Miatke, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

 

Division IV: Ninth through Twelfth Grade

 

First Place: “Compass Rose” by Julia Renner, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland

Second Place: “Battles” by Madison Cho-Richomnd, Lake Oswego High School, Lake Oswego

Third Place: “Satisfaction” by Kiah Bacon, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland

Honorable Mention: “Divorce” by Samantha Spliethof, Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point

Honorable Mention: “End of the world” by Stuart Springs, Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point

Honorable Mention: “Knowledge” by Jaimie Green, Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point

Honorable Mention: “Male Poets Do Something To My Insides” by Miranda Pruett, Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point

Honorable Mention: “Mismatched Expectations” by Fiona Ferguson, Cleveland High School, Portland

Honorable Mention: “Prodigy’s Parlor” by Anisha Datta, Glencoe High School, Hillsboro

Honorable Mention: “The Dustiest Corner of my Mixed-Up Soul” by Abigail Leyes, Bend Senior High School, Bend

 

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.

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New: Manningham Trust Winners
The following students from Oregon have received awards in the national student poetry contest sponsored by NFSPS and funded by the Manningham Trust:

Junior Division: Sixth through Eighth Grade
Second Place: “Persistence of Memory” by Kendrick Lee, Spencer Butte Middle School, Eugene
Fourth Place: “Rose Window Scripted” by Amaya Acost-Lieb, Create Solutions Tutoring, Ashland
First Honorable Mention: “Autumn” by Gabi Cohn, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland
Second Honorable Mention: “Where I’m From” by Lela Miatke, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Congratulations to Oregon’s outstanding young poets!
For a complete list of Manningham winners, please visit the NFSPS student contest website.

The Oregon Poetry Association is pleased to congratulate the following winners in the 2013 Student Poetry Contest:

Division I: Kindergarten through Second Grade

First Place: “Yoga” by Marlene Mackzum, Hope Chinese Charter School, Portland
Second Place: “Winter” by Leo Decker, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland
Third Place: “Water” by Loren Thompson, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland
Honorable Mention: “A Poem in the Light” by Macey Pine, Creative Science School, Portland
Honorable Mention: “Blue Airplanes” by Cecilia Valdovinos, home-schooled, Damascus
Honorable Mention: “Blue Moon” by Daisy Schmeling, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland
Honorable Mention: “Proof of Autumn” by Xavier Rauch Moore, Create Solutions Tutoring, Ashland
Honorable Mention: “Sounds of Poetry” by Torin Repasky, Mary Rieke Elementary School, Portland
Honorable Mention: “Sun” by Amy Amato, Heritage School, Salem
Honorable Mention: “The Shooting Star” by Mazzy Garcia, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Division II: Third through Fifth Grade

First Place: “It Feels Like” by Charlotte Angermeier, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland
Second Place: “I Am Not Alone” by Talia Rosenbloom, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland
Third Place: “River” by Harper Strong, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland
Honorable Mention: “Bad Dreams” by Ellie Kojima, Fir Grove Elementary, Beaverton
Honorable Mention: “Big or Small?” by Samuel Rothstein, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland
Honorable Mention: “Bob” by Max Spencer, West Park Elementary School, Hermiston
Honorable Mention: “Freckles of Light” by Olivia Jacobs, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland
Honorable Mention: “Friendship” by Sutton Guyer, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland
Honorable Mention: “Love” by Callan Skuratowicz, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland
Honorable Mention: “Son of the Shadow” by Henry Seal, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland

Division III: Sixth through Eighth Grade

First Place: “Persistence of Memory” by Kendrick Lee, Spencer Butte Middle School, Eugene
Second Place: “Autumn” by Gabi Cohn, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland
Third Place: “Something that comes from the heart” by Marly Lopez, Catlin Gabel School, Portland
Honorable Mention: “Art Inspires” by Lila Reich, Catlin Gabel School, Portland
Honorable Mention: “Christmas Wish” by Logan Rothell, Eagle Point Middle School, Eagle Point
Honorable Mention: “I am a branch” by Leila Kenner, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland
Honorable Mention: “Never Again” by Nathan Bray, Eagle Point Middle School, Eagle Point
Honorable Mention: “Rose Window Scripted” by Amaya Acost-Lieb, Create Solutions Tutoring, Ashland
Honorable Mention: “Something Happens” by Korynn Fitzjarrell, Creswell Middle School, Creswell
Honorable Mention: “Where I’m From” by Lela Miatke, Willow Wind CLC, Ashland

Division IV: Ninth through Twelfth Grade

First Place: “Compass Rose” by Julia Renner, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland
Second Place: “Battles” by Madison Cho-Richomnd, Lake Oswego High School, Lake Oswego
Third Place: “Satisfaction” by Kiah Bacon, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland
Honorable Mention: “Divorce” by Samantha Spliethof, Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point
Honorable Mention: “End of the world” by Stuart Springs, Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point
Honorable Mention: “Knowledge” by Jaimie Green, Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point
Honorable Mention: “Male Poets Do Something To My Insides” by Miranda Pruett, Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point
Honorable Mention: “Mismatched Expectations” by Fiona Ferguson, Cleveland High School, Portland
Honorable Mention: “Prodigy’s Parlor” by Anisha Datta, Glencoe High School, Hillsboro
Honorable Mention: “The Dustiest Corner of my Mixed-Up Soul” by Abigail Leyes, Bend Senior High School, Bend

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.
Thanks to Donors for 2012 Student Poetry Contest
By Eleanor Berry

Until this year, OPA’s annual Oregon Student Poetry Contest has been funded by grants. When no grant was secured for the 2012 contest, the OPA board appealed to the membership to cover the expenses. Over the past several years, these have consistently been approximately $1,500 (including cash awards, the printing of Cascadia, space rental and catering for the awards ceremony, publicity, and administrative expenses).
Thanks to the generosity of those listed below, who contributed $1017 in cash donations directly to OPA, and of others who paid all or part of invoices for services directly to vendors, OPA was able to fund the 2012 student contest:
Linda Apel
Kathy Bowman
Carol Brockfield
Greg Chaimov
Alan Contreras
Shirley Cosby
Susan Einowski
Renu Gehring (parent of a student winner)
Quinton Hallett
Margaret Joy
Laura LeHew
Carolyn Martin
Joy McDowell
Margaret Gish Miller
Robin Moore
Shirley Nelson
Rogue Valley unit of OPA
Willa Schneberg
Suzanne Sigafoos
Leisha Wharfield
In addition to the cash donations, the committee coordinating the contest—chair M. E, Hope and members Kathy Bowman, Gail Denham, and Teena Seckler—paid most administrative expenses as well as saving costs by doing much of the publicity electronically and finding rent-free space for the awards ceremony, and Laura LeHew, editor and designer forCascadia, paid half the printing bill. As a result, OPA’s expenses for the contest were reduced by almost a third from those of recent years, and there was a small surplus of just over $200. Because cash donors contributed specifically to fund the student contest, that surplus will not revert to the general fund, but will be held over as seed money for the 2013 student contest.

Oregon Student Contest Prizes
There are ten awards in each of the four categories:
            First Place: $30
            Second Place: $20
            Third Place: $10
            Seven 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 2012 Manningham Trust Student Contest by the OPA Student Contest Chair. This nationwide contest, sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, also awards cash prizes and publication.
 
There are two divisions in the Manningham Trust Student Contest: Junior, Grades 6-8, and Senior, Grades 9-12. Prizes will be awarded to the top ten poems in each division:
1st prize: $75
2nd prize: $50
3rd prize: $40
4th prize: $35
Five Honorable Mentions: $10
Winners also receive a copy of the Manningham Trust Student Contest Winners book containing the winning poems.
 
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 (spaces between stanzas count as lines). A poem is eligible even if it has been published, or has won in another contest. The poem must be titled, except for haiku, senryu, or limerick.
  2. Type or computer-generate your poem on a single sheet of standard 8 1/2 X 11 white paper, one side only, in a standard type face; nofancy 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: OPA Student Contest, P.O. Box 1016, Klamath Falls, OR 97601-1016. The deadline is February 1, 2012 (postmark).

 
2012 Oregon Student Poetry Contest Checklist

  • The one poem you are submitting is your own original work
  • Your poem has no more than 40 lines; spaces between stanzas count as lines
  • Your poem is typed or computer-generated on one sheet on standard 8.5×11 white paper
  • Your poem appears on one side of the paper only
  • Your poem is in a standard type face and sized 12 font
  • You are sending two copies of your poem
  • [One copy has your poem and, in the upper right corner, the Division (I, II, III, or IV), your grade, your name, your school, your school’s address and phone, and your teacher’s first and last name
  • On that copy, beneath your poem, you have typed and signed 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 of your poem, in the upper right corner, you have typed only the Division (I, II, III, or IV) and your grade
  • You have made sure that your name does not appear anywhere on the second copy of your poem
  • (Optional) You have enclosed a stamped, self-addressed envelope to receive the Winner’s List

 
Mary E. Hope, Student Contest Chair