Calling Poets in Grades 7-12!

Posted March 31, 2015 & filed under Contest, News, Poem, Student Writing.

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A personal invitation from Flashbang! Writing Studio, which is seeking poetry by students in grades 7-12 for publication on its website during April, National Poetry Month:

As participants in NaPoWriMo, Flashbang!’s Sarah and Jeff are writing and posting a poem a day for the month of April. But we want more! We want your poems. Send us your love poems, hate poems, pet poems, unicorn poems, football poems, name poems, video poems, macro poems, gif poems, breakfast-lunch-and dinner poems.

Come back to the blog every day in April for a new writing prompt and at least one new poem. Note: The poems you submit do not have to be based on the prompts we publish. If they are, that’s awesome! Let us know! But more important than following our prompts is writing something you love. Send us what you love.

All poems accepted for publication on the blog will also be considered for publication in the inaugural issue of KaPow!, Flashbang!’s creative writing zine, scheduled for May publication. If your poem is published, you’ll receive a free copy of the zine. Additional copies will be available for $5, and all proceeds will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. (Want to raise more money for GPLC? Learn more about and register for our Poem-A-Thon here: http://www.flashbangwritingstudio.com/poem-a-thon/)

To submit: Send an email with your poem attached as a Word document or just pasted into the body of the email to flashbangwritingATgmailDOTcom. Please include your name, age, and school name in your submission. (School names will not be published unless you explicitly ask us to do so.) Let us know where you heard about us, too. Deadline for consideration for KaPow! and the NaPoWriMo celebrations is 4/25. BUT we will still consider poems on a rolling basis after that deadline for publication on the blog.

Slam Season Begins in Houston

Posted March 14, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

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The three youth poetry slams have produced 9 spoken word poets who will proceed to the Space City Grand Slam on April 26th, 2014. There are still 3 more opportunities to qualify for the big event . The top 6 of the Space City Grand Slam will become the 2014 MetaFour Houston slam team, and will compete and perform all over Texas, and will represent Houston at the Brave New Voices competition in Philadelphia.

The poetry slam preliminaries are for ages 13-19. Participants must recite or perform their own original poems and must attend the workshop prior to the slam in order to compete.  The next two competitions will be:

Saturn Slam, March 28th, 7pm Workshop, 7:45pm Slam @ Hope Stone, 1111 Van Buren

Neptune Slam, April 5th, 11am Workshop, 11:45am Slam @ Stella Link Neighborhood Library 7405 Stella Link

These events are free, and the public is welcome to attend.

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Contest for Young Authors

Posted January 28, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

Here is an announcement from our friends at HoustonPBS!

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Calling Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade Authors and Artists to enter the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Children write and illustrate their own stories and enter for a chance to win great prizes at both the local and national level.
Entry deadline is Monday, March 17, 2014.

For Official Entry Form and Rules click on the link below or pick up a copy from the children’s librarian at your local public library.

Entry Form
Official Rules

Every child who enters will receive a certificate of achievement and 1st Place winners for each grade will represent HoustonPBS in the national contest.

Have fun writing and illustrating!

Rattle Wants to Hear Your Voice

Posted September 5, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

“There’s not a bad poet in first grade. None of them are anything but fresh and original … they don’t know how to avoid being original.”
—Sharon Olds, from Rattle #17

Rattle published an issue in 1998 of children’s poems, which is now out of print.  This year the editors want to begin an annual tradition of publishing work by young authors.

Be part of the 2013 issue!  If you are 15 or younger, you may submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Please visit the Rattle website for all the details about this wonderful opportunity to become a published poet in a premier journal.

Good luck, writers!