Youth Poet Laureate Application

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Applications for the 2020 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program will be open 
January 3rd - February 3rd, 2020.

To enter the 2020 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate contest, you must: 

  • be an Oakland resident
  • be between the ages of 13 and 18 as of February 3rd, 2020
  • be available to serve as Laureate for the program year,  June 2020 - June 2021:
            - be living locally through the program year
            - not be enrolled in college full-time during the program year
    (Unfortunately, this means most senior high school students are not eligible to apply).                                 

Poems will be judged based on ContentCraft, and Voice. If you are advanced to the Final round, applications will be additionally judged on Leadership and Performance.   See last year's Judging Criteria here. The 2020 criteria will have few changes and will be posted in December 2019. 


Helpful Links from last year:
(2020 information will be posted in December 2019, but we do not expect major changes and last year's information will help you prepare.)