Co-sponsored by MoSt (Modesto Stanislaus Poetry Center) and the National League of American Penwomen (NLAPW), Modesto chapter.
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 Poets of the San Joaquin and member of the Modesto Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.
Any student enrolled in a Stanislaus County school, grades K through 12, is eligible to submit up to 3 entries, at $1 per entry. Each entry, except for typing, must be the original creative work of the student, although parents or teachers may provide encouragement.
First, second and third place winners in each category receive cash awards from the MoSt Poetry Center. Prizes are: First Place $25, Second Place $15, Third Place $10. In addition, the Modesto Branch of the National League of American Pen Women awards a $60 Aileen Jaffa Outstanding Poem award in each of two combined categories. The winning poems for this year’s contest were read at an Awards Ceremony at 2 PM on Sunday May 21, 2017 at the Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock.
Postmark deadline for submissions for this year’s contest is April 14, 2017.