Here you can find information about poetry contests organized or co-organized by the MoSt Poetry Center, including the Modesto Poets’ Corner and the brand-new Northern California Women’s Music Festival & Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center Poetry Contest. Click the links below or in the navigation menu to explore these opportunities and the winning contest entries.

You can also enter our annual Modesto Poetry Festival contest by downloading the entry form on the Festival page!

Aileen Jaffa Young Poets Contest

Co-sponsored by MoSt (Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center) and the National League of American Penwomen (NLAPW), Modesto chapter. Read the complete rules and download the entry form HERE. This contest is offered as a means of encouraging young writers throughout Stanislaus County and as a way to remember poet Aileen Jaffa, the founding President of the …

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Click here to download the PDF flyer!

Annual Student Chapbook Contest

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 …

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Poets’ Corner

ATTENTION: THIS YEAR’S CONTEST IS CLOSED. The Poets’ Corner Poetry Contest is sponsored by the Modesto Poets’ Corner Committee, a subcommittee of the Modesto Culture Commission. The contest is open to poets of any age who reside in Stanislaus County, and students who attend schools in Stanislaus County. March 11th is the deadline for the …

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Northern California Women’s Music Festival

The Northern California Women’s Music Festival & the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center Poetry Contest   Where you are going as a woman, or where women are going. What’s ahead? What promise? What change? What new frontiers?     CONGRATULATIONS to our winners and honorable mentions and to all those who submitted their poems to the first …

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