PoeFest: Student Writing Competition 2018


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PoeFest is celebrating its 10th year commemorating the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and you can be a part of it all at multiple locations throughout Phoenix, Arizona this October. PoeFest has been a labor of love for a decade. When PoeFest first opened, it did so to just six audience members. With a packed audience on the third night, they knew they had something special. The fest includes mainstage productions of Poe’s short stories every weekend during the month of October with Poe’s stories rotate nightly. PoeFest culminates on Halloween night with ‘The Raven’ at Rosson House Museum. But there’s something extra special about PoeFest that makes Bookmans honored to be a sponsor!

For those just learning about this annual event, PoeFest is the yearly fundraiser for Arizona Curriculum Theater Inc., a 501(c)3 educational charity finding innovative ways to connect the arts to the curriculum. They offer more than two dozens programs, workshops, and shows designed for the classroom integrating the arts as a tool to teach the curriculum. Click here to learn more about ACT Inc.

The PoeFest Student Writing Competition is open to all Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2018-2019 school year. Submissions can be emailed to contest@poefest.org. A winner will be declared for each of two categories: short stories and poetry. All winners will receive prize packages supplied by Bookmans! But don’t delay, the submission deadline is September 15, 2018!

We’ve listed the writing competition guidelines below for all the young authors and poets out there! These details should provide all the tools you need to create and submit your work for the PoeFest Arizona Student Writing Competition 2018. Please feel free to contact us anytime with questions.

Short Story Contest

All Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2018-2019 school year are eligible.

  • Homeschooled students are eligible.
  • Student authors must be residents of the State of Arizona.
  • Submission deadline is September 15, 2018.
  • All short story submissions must be between 1,000 and 7,500 words.
  • Themes for short stories must stick to the genres of horror and/or mystery.
  • Stories must be original.
  • Authors retain all copyrights.
  • Revised previous submissions accepted.
  • Submissions can be made in electronic form (contest@poefest.org.) Word document or PDF formats only, please.
  • Submissions must include the email and phone number of a parent or guardian. All authors must have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate.
  • All submissions must include the author’s name, birthdate, school, and grade for the 2018-2019 school year. (Homeschooled students are welcome.)
  • One winner will be declared and notified via email on September 25th, 2018.
  • Submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of judges.
  • Winning poem will be read aloud at PoeFest on October 5th, 2018.
  • The winning authors and one guest will be awarded complimentary passes to all PoeFest Main Stage shows.
  • Prize packages will be provided by Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange.

Poetry Contest

  •  All Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2018-2019 school year are eligible.
  • Student authors must be residents of the State of Arizona.
  • Homeschooled students are eligible.
  • Submission deadline is September 15th, 2018.
  • All poetry submissions must be no more than 422 lines.
  • Themes for poems must stick to the genres of love, horror, and/or death.
  • Poems must be original.
  • Poets retain all copyrights.
  • Revised previous submissions accepted.
  • Submissions can be made in electronic form (contest@poefest.org.) Word document or PDF file formats only, please.
  • Submissions must include the email and phone number of a parent or guardian. All authors must have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate.
  • All submissions must include the poet’s name, birthdate, school, and grade for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of judges.
  • The winning poet will be declared and notified via email on September 25th, 2018.
  • Winning poems will be read aloud at PoeFest on October 5th, 2018.
  • The winning poet and one guest will be awarded complimentary passes to all PoeFest Main Stage shows.
  • Prize packages will be provided by Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange.

More about PoeFest:

Our performances are not readings. Our actors have memorized Poe’s stories and will perform them as inmates in Poe’s fictional Maison de Santé Asylum. 

Check out the Bookmans Events Calendar for all the cool, quirky, literary and fun events that we do at our stores and around town. We hope to see you at PoeFest 2018! Until then, keep reading, writing and quoting The Raven, and if you are looking for a Poe collection, book, or collectible, be sure to check your local Bookmans store!

3 Responses to “PoeFest: Student Writing Competition 2018”

  1. amalexia says:

    the writing competition is for students, but is the poefest for adults, and younger children too?

    is any of this ‘all ages welcome’? or is it all meant just for highschool students?

    • Valerie R says:

      Hello! The writing contest is for students in grades 7, 8, and 9 only. As far as PoeFest, you would have to check their page for information regarding age suggestions. Bookmans supports PoeFest and sponsors the student writing contest, but we do not have any additional information about PoeFest itself. Here is the link to their website: https://poefest.org/ Thanks!

  2. Allison Johnson says:

    How do we know who won?

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