Youth Poet Laureate Application

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Applications for the 2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate are open until February 1st, 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.


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

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