Fairbanks Arts Association’s 24th Annual Statewide Poetry Contest

Judge: Vivian Faith Prescott

Submission period: Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Friday, February 15, 2019 • 11:59pm

Fairbanks Arts is excited to announce the 24th Statewide Poetry Contest and invites participation from authors of all ages elementary school and up. As a celebration of National Poetry Writing Month, this contest aims to encourage, publicize and reward the writing of high quality poetry in Alaska.

Vivian F. Prescott.jpgThis year’s judge is Vivian Faith Prescott, author of a full-length poetry collection, The Hide of My Tongue, four poetry chapbooks, Slick, Sludge, Traveling with the Underground People, Our Tents Are Small Volcanoes, and a short story collection, The Dead Go to Seattle. Vivian is a recipient of the Alaska Literary Award (2017), a Rasmuson Fellowship (2015), and the Jason Wenger Award for Literary Excellence.

The winners of the contest will be announced in April and will share their work at a special literary reading hosted by Fairbanks Arts. Winning poems will also be broadcast on KUAC’s radio station FM 89.9 and its sister stations throughout the state.


  • Open to Alaska residents only.
  • No more than four poems per author may be entered.
  • All poems must be original and not previously published.
  • Must be typed and submitted as an 8.5″ x 11″ PDF and may not exceed 100 lines in length.
  • Include the title on the first line of the document. Author’s name should not appear on any poems.
  • File name for poems should include the poem title and division (adult, high school, middle school, elementary school) and should be saved in PDF form (i.e. poemtitle_division.pdf)

Divisions:                                                          Awards:

Adult                                            1st Place $150 | 2nd Place $100| 3rd Place $50
High School                                1st Place $100 | 2nd Place $50  | 3rd Place $25
Middle School                              1st Place $50 | 2nd Place $30  | 3rd Place $15
Elementary School                     1st Place $50 | 2nd Place $30  | 3rd Place $15

Entry Fees:

Adults: $4/ poem or $13 for four poems.
Elementary, Middle, and High School: $3/poem or $10 for four poems.
Class Entries (for more information, see Bulk Submission Guidelines below): $1/poem.

Download Individual Submission Guidelines here.
Download Bulk Submission Guidelines (for teachers only) here.

Entries & payments should be made online through submittable.com

For questions, call 907.456.6485 ext. 224 or email literary@fairbanksarts.org

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