The Oregon Poetry Association’s Cascadia Student Poetry Contest


May 1, 2022    
12:00 am

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The Oregon Poetry Association (OPA) is delighted to announce CASCADIA 2022: Oregon’s annual K-12 student poetry contest. Open for free submissions February 1 through May 1, 2022 via Submittable.
Cascadia, the Oregon Student Poetry Contest, serves to nurture the talent of young Oregon poets by providing an opportunity for their poems to be widely shared, published, and celebrated.
Up to ten unranked winners in each of four age categories will receive $50 cash prizes. The winning poems will be published in the first online issue of Cascadia, a journal of award-winning student poetry from the Oregon Poetry Association. Winning poets will be invited to read their poems in an online celebration June 1 at 6 p.m. PST via Zoom.
The winning poems in both the middle and high school divisions are eligible and may be sent to the 2023 Manningham Trust Student Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NSFPS). This national competition also awards cash prizes and anthology publication.
Former Cascadia award winners include Portland Youth Poet Laureate Sophia Mautz and South Medford alumnus Kylan Rice.
Writing poetry to enter in the contest is often a class project organized by English Language Arts teachers. OPA urges parents and teachers to encourage their students to enter the contest. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the writing and creativity of Oregon’s young people. We look forward to celebrating together.
OPA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to:
• build and sustain a diverse community of Oregon poets
• provide Oregon poets opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another
• further the appreciation of poetry throughout the state
• raise awareness of Oregon poets.
Visit us at (See “Read Cascadia” tab) and follow us on Facebook.
Contact / Cascadia Contest Chair
Lauren Mallett