Do you live in Alameda County besides Oakland? Are you 13 to 18 in age? Do you want the chance to win a brand new laptop and have your poems included in a national anthology? Applications are now open for the inaugural Alameda County Youth Poet Laureate Competition. You could be our first ever Laureate to represent Alameda County!
Previous Laureates in other chapters have gone on to earn the Regional and National Youth Poet Laureate titles through Urban Word, our partner organization. Amanda Gorman, the first ever National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, performed at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. This wouldn’t just be a potential resume booster. We need youth voices and visions to strengthen our community. We need your poetry. When selecting your work for the application, consider Content, Craft, and Voice. Those are the three categories the judges will use to evaluate all submitted poems. And don’t forget to remove your name from the document you upload with all three poems; they will be graded anonymously.
If you have any questions, or want to work on your application with some digital company, register to attend one of two events we are offering in April. You can also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For inspiration, here are a few links to other chapters’ Finalists and Laureate winners presentations:
Hayden Beaulieu, one of Oakland Youth Poet Laureate 2019 Finalists: Video
Amanda Gorman’s performance after being announced the LA Youth Poet Laureate 2014: Video
“Learning My Name” written and performed by Marjan Naderi, DC’s Youth Poet Laureate 2019: Video
We can't wait to receive your work! Happy writing.