Youth Poet Laureate Application
Applications for 2021 are closed. Finalists will be announced at the end of March.
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.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Paper Application (You can prepare ahead by using this document but we only accept paper applications if you have no means to apply online.)
- Judging Criteria