PoeFest 2021 is celebrating its 13th year commemorating the works of Edgar Allan Poe, and you can be a part of it all. 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 usually 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!

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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 dozen programs, workshops, as well as 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 2020-2021 school year. Submissions can be emailed to contest@poefest.org. They will pick a winner for each of two categories: short stories and poetry. All winners will receive prize packages from Bookmans! 

Here are the updated rules for 2021:

Short Story Contest

1. All Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2021-2022 school year are eligible.
2. Home-schooled students are eligible.
3. Student authors must be residents of the State of Arizona.
4. Submission deadline is September 13, 2021.
5. All short story submissions must be between 1,000 and 7,500 words.
6. Themes for short stories must stick to the genres of horror and/or mystery.
7. Stories must be original.
8. Authors retain all copyrights.
9. Revised previous submissions accepted.
10. Submissions can be made in electronic form (contest@poefest.org.) Word document or PDF formats only, please.
11. All 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.
12. All submissions must include the author’s name, birthdate, school, and grade for the 2021-
2022 school year. (Homeschooled students are welcome.)
13. One winner will be declared and notified via email and/or phone on October 1st, 2021.
Public Notification on social media pages will be posted after contact with winners.
14. All submissions are subject to an adjudication process by a panel of judges.
15. Prize packages come from Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange.
16. Winners are invited, with their parent’s permission, to record a video of them reading their winning submission to be shared on the social media pages of Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange, Arizona Curriculum Theater and PoeFest – A month of madness and terror.

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 2020. Of course, please feel free to contact us anytime with questions.

Poetry Contest

1. All Arizona students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for the 2021-2022 school year are eligible.
2. Student authors must be residents of the State of Arizona.
3. Home-schooled students are eligible.
4. Submission deadline is September 13th, 2021.
5. All poetry submissions must be no more than 422 lines.
6. Themes for poems must stick to the genres of love, horror, and/or death.
5. Poems must be original.
8. Poets retain all copyrights.
9. Revised previous submissions accepted.
10. Submissions can be made in electronic form (contest@poefest.org.) Word document or PDF
file formats only, please.
11. All 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.
12. All submissions must include the poet’s name, birthdate, school, and grade for the 2021-
2022 school year.
13. All submissions are subject to an adjudication process by a panel of judges.
14. One winner will declare and notify one winner via email on October 1st, 2021.
Public Notification on social media pages will be posted after contact with winners.
15. Prize packages come from Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange.
16. Winners are invited, with their parent’s permission, to record a video of them reading their
winning submission to be shared on the social media pages of Bookman’s Entertainment
Exchange, Arizona Curriculum Theater and PoeFest – A month of madness and terror.

We can’t wait to see all of the submissions! Again if you have any questions, please contact MesaEvents@Bookmans.com, but be sure to submit your entries directly to PoeFest 2021. Happy writing everyone!