Ends on September 10, 2017

Houston Poetry Fest 2017 Youth Poet Competition and the 

Mary Villarreal Memorial Award 

All poets aged 14 or younger as of October 15, 2017, are eligible for the Mary Villarreal Memorial Award, established by Richard Gamez in memory of his mother, who greatly loved children. 

The winner will receive an award of $100, and will be invited to read one of his or her poems as part of the Houston Poetry Fest 2017 Sunday afternoon session, which begins Sunday, October 15, at 2:00 p.m. at Willow Street Pump Station, on the campus of UH-Downtown. Houston Poetry Fest is partnering with Writers in the Schools (WITS) to offer this opportunity to Houston's young poets.

Family and friends are welcome, as the entire event is free and open to the public. 

There is no submission fee for youth poets to enter the Houston Poetry Fest Youth Poet competition.

Deadline:  submit your poems online at houstonpoetryfest.submittable.com/submit no later than September 10, 2017.   

Guidelines for submission:

  • Give your submission a title. The name of one of the poems would work. as does the generic title "Youth Poet Submission."

  • Submit no more than 5 poems on no more than 3 pages.

  • The submission should be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

  • Format for submission files:

    • Paper: 8-½” x 11” (letter-size)

    • One-inch margins on all sides

    • One column only

    • Font: Times New Roman, 12-pts

  • Do not include your name or any other identifying information

    • in the title of your submission,

    • in the file name of your submission (a file name such as "Submission.docx" would work fine),

    • in the file “Properties” of your submission, or

    • on any of the pages of your submission.

  • In the Cover Letter field, put:

    • your name,

    • your age, as of October 15, 2017
    • your contact information, including a mailing address, and telephone numbers, and

    • the titles of the poems included in your submission.

  • Deadline:  submit your poems online at houstonpoetryfest.submittable.com/submit no later than September 10, 2017.   
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