Well I can’t knock it out of the park like that guy from New York but I do get the opportunity to read some amazing work by Alaskan poets of all ages and serve as Judge for this year’s Fairbanks Arts Association’s Statewide Poetry Contest. I hope you’ll submit some work and share this opportunity with the poets in your life.

Entry Period: December 1, 2022 – February 10, 2023; 11:59 p.m. AKST
The Statewide Poetry Contest is a celebration of poetry writing and literary artistry and invites participation from writers of all ages—elementary school and up. The contest aims to encourage, publicize, and reward the writing of high-quality poetry in Alaska.

Winners of the contest will receive monetary prizes as well as an invitation to share their poetry during a virtual reading event in April.

Adult1st Place $150 | 2nd Place $100 | 3rd Place $50
High School1st Place $100 | 2nd Place $50   | 3rd Place $25
Middle School1st Place $50   | 2nd Place $30   | 3rd Place $15
Elementary School1st Place $50 | 2nd Place $30 | 3rd Place $15

Head over the Fairbanks Arts Association for instructions, entry fees and complete submission guidelines.