1455’s Third Annual Summer Literary Festival (July 15-17) will include a special Teen Poetry Reading, featuring the finalists and Maia Siegel, who is co-judging the contest (along with writers on the 1455 Advisory Board). The deadline is 12 AM, July 1. Special guest Beth Ann Fennelly, the Poet Laureate of Mississippi, will deliver introductory remarks and read from her own work.
According to 1455’s Executive Director Sean Murphy, “Part of our mission is to support emerging writers, and we believe strongly that young poets in particular should be afforded the time, space and resources to create.” 1455 strives to encourage and inspire young writers at all stages of their development, and to reward their talent with recognition and support from a creative community and the public at large. The Annual 1455 Teen Poetry Contest allows 1455 to fulfill this mission in a direct and meaningful way, benefiting young writers both financially and creatively.
The $5,000 first prize will be awarded to a single, previously unpublished poem (of any length and style) by any writer aged 13-19. The theme for this year’s contest is “Finding Community During Crisis,” and the work should be a reflection on or reaction to the contemporary sociopolitical and cultural environment (including but not limited to #BLM, #MeToo, COVID, etc.). The winning author –and three finalists– will have an opportunity to read their poem at an online reception on July 16 during the 1455 Summer Festival. In addition, selected poems, including all chosen as finalists, will be featured in the next issue of 1455’s bi-monthly magazine Movable Type.
DEADLINE: 12 AM, July 1, 2021