Youth Poet Laureate Application

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Applications for the 2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate will be open January 1 to February 1, 2021.

Learn more about the application process and get all the information you need to encourage and support teen poets in applying by joining us for an OYPL Application Information Session  Thursday, January 14th, 3:30pm OR 7:00pm.

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Applications are currently closed. Applications for the 2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate will be open January 1 to February 1, 2021

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 ContentCraft, and Voice. If you are advanced to the Final round, applications will be additionally judged on Leadership and Performance.   See Judging Criteria here

Helpful Links:

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  oaklandpoets@gmail.com

  https://www.facebook.com/YouthPoetLaureate
   https://www.instagram.com/youthpoetlaureate
  http://oaklandlibrary.org/youthpoets
  http://oaklandlibrary.org/yplbooking