Youth Poet Laureate Application

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Applications will open in early 2021.

Check back here to apply to join the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate community and have a chance to be our next Laureate!


Applications are currently closed. The following information, for the 2020 application, will help you know what to expect in 2021. 

To enter the 2020 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate contest, you must: 

  • be an Oakland resident
  • be between the ages of 13 and 18 as of February 3rd, 2020
  • be available to serve as Laureate for the program year,  June 2020 - June 2021:
            - 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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