Nov 18

10th Annual New Year’s Poetry Challenge

It is time to sign up for the 10th annual NEW YEAR’S POETRY CHALLENGE! The NYPC will start on December 8 and run for 30 days. Each day we’ll send you a prompt and you can write a poem, save the prompt for later, change it to fit what you need, or delete immediately. Poets of all experience levels are welcome. You don’t have to send in your poems and no one will check up on your work. This is just for fun.

So, if you want to jump in on this year’s NYPC, send your name and email to info@mostpoetry.org. You must OPT IN on this even if you’ve participated before. So, come on! Opt in and have some fun with poetry as you bring in 2018!

Oct 29

Submit to our Young Poets Contest

MODESTO-STANISLAUS POETRY CENTER
THE SECOND ANNUAL LEE NICHOLSON – GEORGE ROGERS POETRY CONTEST
CONTEST GUIDELINES
MONETARY PRIZES!!!

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2018

ABOUT LEE NICHOLSON AND GEORGE ROGERS

Beloved by generations of their students, Lee Nicholson and George Rogers dedicated much of their lives to teaching and inspiring the youth of our community. Lee Nicholson was an instructor at Modesto Junior College for thirty-two years, and had earlier taught at Turlock High School. A Modesto native, George Rogers taught for thirty years at Orville Wright Elementary School in Modesto. Both Lee and George were highly accomplished poets and lovers of the creative process, and both will long be remembered for their passionate devotion to the young people whose lives they touched.

This contest is open to all poets residing in Stanislaus County who are 16 to 25 years of age.

• Send up to three (3) poems, with subjects and themes of your own choosing
• Poems must be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins
• 32 line limit; longer poems will not be considered
• Poems must be the poet’s original work and previously unpublished
• If sending through regular mail, please send two copies of each poem – one copy with the poet’s name, address, email, phone number in the upper right hand corner, as well as the title of the poem, and a second copy of the poem, with the title of the poem, but without the poet’s name, address, e-mail, and phone number.
• If sending through email, send poems as doc or docx attachments (one attachment with page divisions is fine; three attachments with one poem each is fine); include two copies of each poem – one copy with the poet’s name, address, email, phone number in the upper right hand corner, as well as the title of the poem and a second copy of the poem, with the title of the poem, but without the poet’s name, address, e-mail, and phone number; include CONTEST in the subject line of the email

2 ways to submit:

Through regular mail to
MoSt Poetry Center
PO Box 578940
Modesto, CA 95357

Or by email to info@mostpoetry.org
(Don’t forget to include the word CONTEST in the subject line of the email.

PRIZES:

First Place (awarded for best poem): $50.00
Second Place: $30.00
Third Place: $20.00
Submission dates: November 1, 2017 to March 1, 2018
Poets will be notified via email or phone of winning status by March 15, 2018

Selected poems will be published in a chapbook. All poets submitting
poems will receive two (2) copies of the chapbook
For more information contact: info@mostpoetry.org

Oct 09

Join Our New Poetry Book Club

MoSt is pleased to announce the start of our Poetry Book Club! Starting in January 2018, we’ll meet four times a year and discuss a different book of poetry each time. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 at the downtown library and our featured book will be LOOK by Solmaz Sharif. This is the most recent Northern California Book Award winner in poetry and has been taking the poetry world by storm. The library will have extra copies to check out, but the book is widely available if you’d like to get your own. Either way, you want to read it ahead of time and be prepared some great conversation. More details to follow, but as usual, this event is free and open to the public, and in the meantime, you can find more here: https://solmazsharif.com/look/

Aug 04

Check Out Our 2017 Annual Gala Photos

Thanks to the wonderful work of Justin Souza and Photos Just So, we’ve got a beautiful selection of pictures from our fourth annual gala earlier this year: poets, musicians, supporters, artwork from the silent auction, food and drink, and, of course, POETRY. Click here to take a look!

Jul 12

Join or Renew Your Membership Now!

June is the time to renew your membership or become a member for the very first time! Your work helps support poetry throughout Stanislaus County including the donation of new poetry books to elementary schools, Poetry Out Loud (a national recitation contest for high school students), the Aileen Jaffa Poetry Awards, free summer poetry workshops, the publication of new work by Stanislaus County poets, the Modesto Poetry Festival, the Sunday Reading series at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, the 2nd Tuesday Reading series at the Barkin’ Dog in Modesto, and readings and workshops at elementary schools and senior centers. You can find a membership form right in the middle of our home page for your convenience.

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