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Youth Poet Laureate Application
Applications will open in early 2022
To enter the 2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate contest, you must:
be an Oakland resident
be between the ages of 13 and 18 as of February 1st, 2021
be available to serve as Laureate for the program year, June 2021 - June 2022: - 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 Content, Craft, and Voice. If you are advanced to the Final round, applications will be additionally judged on Leadership and Performance. See Judging Criteria here.