Announcing the 2017 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest

In October 2010 the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) sponsored its first poetry writing contest, Richmond Writes!, in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, which takes place each October. Following up on the great success of the initial citywide contest, RACC held a second contest in October 2011, the themes of which were aligned with the Iron Triangle Legacy Project. Close to 200 students submitted over 300 poems in an inspiring display of their talents as writers.

Today we are proud to announce the 2017 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “What Matters?” Submissions of short poetry forms are welcome. For details, please read below.

DEADLINE
All poetry contest submissions must be received at the RACC office before 5:00 p.m. on February 3, 2017. The office is located at 440 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor, Richmond, CA 94804. Electronic submissions are also welcome. Submit them by midnight of February 3, 2017 to richmondwrites@gmail.com. For entry forms, batch headers and further information, please click hereNEW THIS YEAR: All poems must be submitted as Word documents. There is a two poem limit per student.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible students are those attending any schools in Richmond, whether public or private. Home-schooled students, and students who reside in Richmond but attend schools outside of the city limits, are also eligible. A special competition category has been created for students in LEAP (Literacy is for Every Adult Program).

HOW DOES IT WORK?
All short poems submitted by eligible students and teachers will be judged for originality, writing skills, and understanding of the chosen subject. Submission deadline is February 3rd, 2017. Judges will pick three finalists for each category (elementary, middle school, high school, and LEAP). Participants can check back in April for 2017 results. All participants will receive certificates of recognition, as well as a chapbook containing all submissions, and finalists will be honored by the Mayor at a celebration honoring their efforts during National Poetry Month in April 2017.

THE 2017 THEME – What Matters?
Students are invited to write about “What Matters?”  Some possible topics include:

  • What is the thing that matters most to me?
  • What are the things I feel most strongly about?
  • What are the things that get my energy going when I think about them?
  • If I could have one wish about what matters most to me, what would it be?

FORMAT
Short poems of any form will be accepted. However, we find that haiku is a short-form poetry accessible and appealing to students of all ages; the majority of the 2010 Richmond Writes! entries were haiku. Haiku poetry is a lyrical form of unrhymed short poetry originating from Japan that consists of variable syllables, arranged in three lines, open to different arrangements of syllables in those lines. Because of its brevity, its flexibility, and its ability to express much and suggest more in the fewest possible words, haiku provides beginner as well as advanced writers with quickly satisfying results.

This year, our expanded category of short poetry will allow a variety of poetry works submitted on a single page to be judged. (Normal 12 font with lines skipped for easy copy is expected.) This category is intended for LEAP entries and High School Entries.

BACKGROUND OF 2017 THEME
The 2017 theme for this competition is called What Matters? Every person is interested in, or passionate about different things. What matters to each of us is different. This year’s theme encourages students to think about what matters most to them, and share those things through poetry. Do you care about racial harmony, homelessness, sports, music, or a hobby? The Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest 2017 invites students to tell about what matters to them.

CONTACT INFORMATION

RichmondWrites! is sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission. For more information contact Brenda Williams at richmondwrites@gmail.com or call the Arts & Culture Division Staff at (510) 620-6952.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!

The Richmond Arts and Culture Commission is proud to present the selected prize winning Richmond Writes! poets:

Elementary Schools

1st Prize: Enojo – Jimena Villarreal, Washington Elementary

1st Prize:  Who I Am Inside – Gloria Zearett, Washington Elementary

1st Prize:  Leaves – Alexander Caleron, Washington Elementary

1st Prize:  Acrylic Paint – Yvette Casias, Washington Elementary

1st Prize:  Who Am I? – Attallah Allan, Washington Elementary

 

2nd Prize:  Another World – Citlali Mendo, Washington Elementary

2nd Prize:  I Am Your Nightmare – Amalia Clark, Washington Elementary

2nd Prize:  Enojo – Jimena Villarreal, Washington Elementary

2nd Prize:  Untitled – Monsieur Roberts, Washington Elementary

2nd Prize: I Wish – Meylan Gutierrez, Nystrom Elementary

 

3rd Prize:  Is This Me? – Selena Hairston, Washington Elementary

3rd Prize: Cold Weather – Anahi Ramirez Vargus, Washington Elementary

3rd Prize: Why I Walk in the Forest – Liam Flagerman, Washington Elementary

3rd Prize: Motocross – Steen Madsen, Washington Elementary

 

Honorable Mention: Elementary School

Jimena Villarreal, Washington Elementary; Beatrice Herrera, Washington Elementary; Ivy Collins, Washington Elementary; Israel Gutierrez, Washington Elementary; Maxwell Grenier, Washington Elementary; Clarissa Castro, Washington Elementary;  Diego Albarra, Washington Elementary; Nirvana Hernandez Loera, Washington Elementary; Tyrah Weems, Washington Elementary; Alondra Alejandre, Washington Elementary; Kiska Corrigan-Hoaglin, Washington Elementary; Maria Vargas, Washington Elementary; Reiley Dillon, Washington Elementary; Ernesto Aguillon, Verde Elementary; Elijah Singleton Arce, Washington Elementary; Gabriela Flores, Nystrom Elementary; Emmanuel Hernandez, Nystrom Elementary; Ezequiel Lamas, Nystrom Elementary; Elizabeth Uluilakeba, Nystrom Elementary; Lavander Stewart, Nystrom Elementary; Anthony Romo, Washington Elementary; Rudy Moises Malin, Washington Elementary; Carolina Acosta, Washington Elementary; Marley S. Brandow, Washington Elementary; Micaela Josephs, Washington Elementary; Elliot Eckert, Washington Elementary; Jasmine Crear, Nystrom Elementary; Alexander Calderon, Washington Elementary; Kiska Corrigan-Hoaglin, Washington Elementary; Jimena Villareal Tovar, Washington Elementary; Beatrice Herrera, Washington Elementary School.

Middle Schools

Honorable Mention: Middle School

Augustin Cerda, Lovonya DeJean Middle School; Kristian Domingo, Juan Crespi Middle School.

High Schools

Honorable Mention: High School

Jennie Aguilera, Salesian College Preparatory.

Haiku Poets of Northern California

1st Prize: Black Hole, Adriana Rosekrans, Washington Elementary

2nd Prize: My Secret Spot, Zoe Thorp, Washington Elementary

3rd Prize: The Unnamed Poem #1 – Abigail Hackworth, Washington Elementary

 

Honorable Mention: Haiku Poets of Northern California

Yahir Garcia, Washington Elementary; Desmond Currenton, Washington Elementary; Anthony Ruiz, Washington Elementary.

Arts & Culture Manager Honorable Mentions

Marisol Lara – Richmond, Aspire Richmond California College Preparatory Academy; George Anderson – Who Am I?, LEAP; Jorge Barrientos – Who Am I?, LEAP.

The Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest helps students learn how to write poetry as a way of expressing how they see the world. Each year their poems touch the hearts of the art commissioners, judges, teachers, parents, city staff, and all who read them. The public is welcome, and the poetry chapbooks will be available on a first-come first-served basis once the students have received their copies.

The public is invited to attend the Awards Ceremony for the 2016 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest on Friday, April 15th at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond.

Announcing the 2016 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest

In October 2010 the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) sponsored its first poetry writing contest, Richmond Writes!, in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, which takes place each October. Following up on the great success of the initial citywide contest, RACC held a second contest in October 2011, the themes of which were aligned with the Iron Triangle Legacy Project. Close to 200 students submitted over 300 poems in an inspiring display of their talents as writers.

Today we are proud to announce the 2016 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “Who Am I?” Submissions of short poetry forms are welcome. For details, please read below.

DEADLINE
All poetry contest submissions must be received at the RACC office before 5:00 p.m. on February 5, 2016. The office is located at 440 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor, Richmond, CA 94804. Electronic submissions are also welcome. Submit them by midnight of February 5, 2016 to richmondwrites@gmail.com.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible students are those attending any schools in Richmond, whether public or private. Home-schooled students, and students who reside in Richmond but attend schools outside of the city limits, are also eligible. A special competition category has been created for students in LEAP (Literacy is for Every Adult Program). NEW THIS YEAR: Richmond Writes! For Teachers! Teachers may submit up to two poems each, provided their class participates in the contest as well.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
All short poems submitted by eligible students and teachers will be judged for originality, writing skills, and understanding of the chosen subject. Submission deadline is February 6th. Judges will pick three finalists for each category (elementary, middle school, high school, and LEAP). All participants will receive certificates of recognition, as well as a chapbook containing all submissions, and finalists will be honored by the Mayor at a celebration honoring their efforts during National Poetry Month in April 2016.

THE 2016 THEME – Who Am I?
Students are invited to write about “Who Am I?”  Some possible topics include:

  • Are you new to this country or were you born here?
  • What language do you speak at home?
  • What makes you special or unique?
  • What type of person are you – funny, serious, kind, sports-minded? What else?
  • What are your special interests or hobbies?
  • What do you like to daydream about?
  • Do you like to be around people or are you more the quiet type?

FORMAT
Short poems of any form will be accepted. However, we find that haiku is a short-form poetry accessible and appealing to students of all ages; the majority of the 2010 Richmond Writes! entries were haiku. Haiku poetry is a lyrical form of unrhymed short poetry originating from Japan that consists of variable syllables, arranged in three lines, open to different arrangements of syllables in those lines. Because of its brevity, its flexibility, and its ability to express much and suggest more in the fewest possible words, haiku provides beginner as well as advanced writers with quickly satisfying results.

This year, our expanded category of short poetry will allow a variety of poetry works submitted on a single page to be judged. (Normal 12 font with lines skipped for easy copy is expected.) This category is intended for LEAP entries and High School Entries.

BACKGROUND OF 2016 THEME
The 2016 theme for this competition is called Who Am I? Every person is unique, and there is no one like you. This year’s theme encourages students to think about what makes them special and share those things through poetry. What makes you tick? The Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest 2016 invites students to tell their own story.

CONTACT INFORMATION

RichmondWrites! is sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission. For more information contact Brenda Williams at richmondwrites@gmail.com or call the Arts & Culture Division Staff at (510) 620-6952.

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners!

The Richmond Arts and Culture Commission is proud to present the selected prize winning Richmond Writes! poets:

Elementary Schools

1st Prize: Anthony Alvarez, Washington Elementary

1st Prize: Ariella Benavides, Caliber Beta Academy

1st Prize: Clarissa Castro, Washington Elementary

1st Prize: Silvia Coca Cruz, Washington Elementary

 

2nd Prize: Amelie Banuelos, Washington Elementary

2nd Prize: Hannah Benavides, Washington Elementary

2nd Prize: Sania Kaleko, Wilson Elementary

2nd Prize: Citlali Mendo, Washington Elementary

2nd Prize: Gloria Zearett, Washington Elementary

 

3rd Prize: Angel Abreau, Bayview Elementary

3rd Prize: Leah Ambernathy Saphon, Caliber Beta Academy

3rd Prize: Giselle Barragan, Washington Elementary

3rd Prize: Reiley Dillon, Washington Elementary

3rd Prize: Amitra Kellogg, Washington Elementary

 

Honorable Mention: Elementary School 

Alicia Acosta, Washington Elementary; Carlos Acosta, Washington Elementary; Mara Bravo, Coronado Elementary; Aaliyah Castillo, Washington Elementary; Rogelio Contreras, Washington Elementary; Selenah Corona DesSilva, Wilson Elementary; Gloria Diaz, Washington Elementary; Asia Jacobson, Coronado Elementary; Melvin Lopez, Jr., Coronado Elementary; Antonia Mason, Bayview Elementary; Parker Mina, Washington Elementary; Jacqueline Plascencia, Coronado Elementary; Maryanna Preciado, Coronado Elementary; Daniel Robinson, Washington Elementary; Savannah Qualls, Washington Elementary; Daniel Robinson, Washington Elementary; Kylie Alyssa Velazquez, Washington Elementary; Jimena Villarreal, Washington Elementary; and Tyrah Weems, Washington Elementary.

 

Middle Schools

1st Prize: Teressa T. Bigbee, DeJean Middle School

2nd Prize: Jade Synott Brandow, Fred Korematsu Middle School

3rd Prize: Santiago Sixto, DeJean Middle School

 

Honorable Mention: Middle School

Juan Zamara, DeJean Middle School

 

High Schools

1st Prize: Gabrielle Green, De Anza High School

2nd Prize: Yaritza Gomez, De Anza High School

3rd Prize: Angel Wiley, DeAnza High School

 

Honorable Mention: High School 

Eugene O. Gaines, III, Kennedy High School

Jasmine Gill, DeAnza High School

Chandandeep Kaur, De Anza High School

Yajaira Sandoval, Kennedy High School

Austin Williams, Kennedy High School

 

LEAP

1st Prize: Teo Scura, LEAP

 

The Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest helps students learn how to write poetry as a way of expressing how they see the world. Each year their poems touch the hearts of the art commissioners, judges, teachers, parents, city staff, and all who read them. The public is welcome, and the poetry chapbooks will be available on a first-come first-served basis once the students have received their copies.

The Award Ceremony will be held at 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond in City Council Chambers on Friday, April 17th at 6:00 pm. All participants of the poetry contest will receive certificates of recognition from Mayor Tom Butt, and a copy of the chapbook containing all of this year’s poetry entries.

For more information, please e-mail the RACC at richmondwrites@gmail.com

Announcing the 2015 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest

In October 2010 the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) sponsored its first poetry writing contest, Richmond Writes!, in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, which takes place each October. Following up on the great success of the initial citywide contest, RACC held a second contest in October 2011, the themes of which were aligned with the Iron Triangle Legacy Project. Close to 200 students submitted over 300 poems in an inspiring display of their talents as writers.

Today we are proud to announce the 2015 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “Poetry in Motion.” Submissions of short poetry forms are welcome. For details, please read below.

DEADLINE
All poetry contest submissions must be received at the RACC office before 5:00 p.m. on February 6, 2015. The office is located at 440 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor, Richmond, CA 94804. Electronic submissions are also welcome. Submit them by midnight of February 6, 2015 to richmondwrites@gmail.com.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible students are those attending any schools in Richmond, whether public or private. Home-schooled students, and students who reside in Richmond but attend schools outside of the city limits, are also eligible. A special competition category has been created for students in LEAP (Literacy is for Every Adult Program).

HOW DOES IT WORK?
All short poems submitted by eligible students will be judged for originality, writing skills, and understanding of the chosen subject. Submission deadline is February 6th. Judges will pick three finalists for each category (elementary, middle school, high school, and LEAP). All participants will receive certificates of recognition, as well as a chapbook containing all submissions, and finalists will be honored by the Mayor at a celebration honoring their efforts during National Poetry Month in April 2015.

THE 2015 THEME – Poetry in Motion
Students are invited to write about “Poetry in Motion.”  Some possible topics include:

  • What do you see that moves around you?
  • What happens when people or things move together?
  • How does it feel when your body is in motion?
  • How do you feel when you stop moving?

FORMAT
Short poems of any form will be accepted. However, we find that haiku is a short-form poetry accessible and appealing to students of all ages; the majority of the 2010 Richmond Writes! entries were haiku. Haiku poetry is a lyrical form of unrhymed short poetry originating from Japan that consists of variable syllables, arranged in three lines, open to different arrangements of syllables in those lines. Because of its brevity, its flexibility, and its ability to express much and suggest more in the fewest possible words, haiku provides beginner as well as advanced writers with quickly satisfying results.

This year, our expanded category of short poetry will allow a variety of poetry works submitted on a single page to be judged. (Normal 12 font with lines skipped for easy copy is expected.) This category is intended for LEAP entries and High School Entries.

BACKGROUND OF 2015 THEME
The 2015 theme for this competition is called Poetry in Motion. The world is in motion — always moving and changing. Sometimes we move fast, and sometimes slowly. Motion can be found in events, time, seasons, physical movements and activities, travel, music, and much more. Things move both around us and within us. Events and relationships can “move” us. The term “go with the flow” makes reference to the reality of events or systems moving around us. The Richmond Writes! poetry contest is all about how to describe this motion.

CONTACT INFORMATION
RichmondWrites! is sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission. For more information contact Brenda Williams at richmondwrites@gmail.com or call the Arts & Culture Division Staff at (510) 620-6952.

Congratulations to the 2014 Winners!

The Richmond Arts and Culture Commission is proud to present the selected prize winning Richmond Writes! Poets:

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

 

First Place Winners

Devyn Mariah Barram, “Richmond Sounds”

Vanessa Garcia , “Downs Syndrome”

Keshia Isome, “Two Bad Little Girls”

Brandon Koo Chao , “Stay and Go”

Lucia Rios, “This is Me”

Second Place Winners

Atallah Allen , “Beautiful”

Felisha Gonzalez, “Untitled”

Geriyah Hood , “Welcome to My Life in Richmond”

Melanie Ramirez, “I Know a Lady”

Christian Saechao, “Watch Out”

Jade Anna Synnott Brandow, “Togetherness”

Third Place Winners

Natalie Guzman, “I Am From”

Lilyana Cavich Kazumi, “My Family Tradition”

Isabel Reyes, “Family”

Karla Rivas, “Lazzana”

Malaysha Williams , “Harmony”

Honorable Mentions

Bella Chavez Jackson , “Create”

Bella Chavez Jackson, “Friends”

Alondra Gutierrez, “I Pray”

Jose Perez, “My Role Model”

Gloria Zearett, “Cesar Chavez”

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

First Place Winners

Carlos Abdiel Santiago, “Untitled”

Perla Arce Diaz, “Beautiful Mom” 

Second Place Winners

Jennifer Cardenas Arceo, “Tiny Dancer”

Veronica Lopez Delgado, “Untitled”

Third Place Winners

Hedsauth Bautista, “Change”

Abraham Obinyan, “The Skin”

Honorable Mentions

Jack Lin, “Untitled”

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

First Place Winners

James Kraynik, “Grandmother”

Second Place Winners

Jekari Lynch, “Addicted to Laziness”

Third Place Winners

Enrique Hernandez, “Who Are You?” 

Honorable Mentions

Joshua Mania, “Brothers in Arms”

Neha Venkatesh, “Mother Knows Best”

Yajaira Sandoval, “My Identity”

  

HAIKU POETS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

Special Recognition Awards

Jennifer Cardenos Arceo

Brandon Koo Chao

Esther Le Nguyen

Fernando Rivas

Jade Anna Synnott Brandow

Dayanna Velazco

Angel Weaver

 

We invite the Richmond Writes! Poets, along with their friends and families to join us in honoring the winners at the Richmond City Council chambers on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm; 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.  This presentation is to recognize and celebrate the tremendous talent and support demonstrated in this year’s contest.

Winners will be presented with their award certificates from Mayor Gayle McLaughlin as the city looks on with pride!  All other participating poets are invited to attend and bring guests as well.  Both the certificates of recognition and the 2014 Richmond Writes! Poetry books will be distributed to the poets who attend the awards ceremony.  The rest will be distributed by their respective schools.  Every poet who entered will receive a book and a certificate.

For more information, please e-mail the RACC at richmondwrites@gmail.com

Announcing the 2014 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest

In October 2010 the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) sponsored its first poetry writing contest, Richmond Writes!, in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, which takes place each October. Following up on the great success of the initial citywide contest, RACC held a second contest in October 2011, the themes of which were aligned with the Iron Triangle Legacy Project. Close to 200 students submitted over 300 poems in an inspiring display of their talents as writers.

Today we are proud to announce the 2014 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People.” Submissions of short poetry forms are welcome. For details, please read below.

DEADLINE
All poetry contest submissions must be received at the RACC office before 5:00 p.m. on February 10, 2014. The office is located at 440 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor, Richmond, CA 94804. Electronic submissions are also welcome. Submit them by midnight of February 10, 2014 to richmondwrites@gmail.com.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible students are those attending any schools in Richmond, whether public or private. Home-schooled students, and students who reside in Richmond but attend schools outside of the city limits, are also eligible. A special competition category has been created for students in LEAP (Literacy is for Every Adult Program).

HOW DOES IT WORK?
All short poems submitted by eligible students will be judged for originality, writing skills, and understanding of the chosen subject. Submission deadline is February 10th. Judges will pick three finalists for each category (elementary, middle school, high school, and LEAP). All participants will receive certificates of recognition, as well as a chapbook containing all submissions, and finalists will be honored by the Mayor at a celebration honoring their efforts during National Poetry Month in April 2014.

THE 2014 THEME – Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People
Students are invited to write about “Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People.”  Some possible topics include:

  • Which role models have?
  • What is your identity?
  • What is your favorite family tradition?
  • What is your favorite traditional family food served at the holidays?
  • Have you participated in a community project in Richmond?  If so, what did you learn?

FORMAT
Short poems of any form will be accepted. However, we find that haiku is a short-form poetry accessible and appealing to students of all ages; the majority of the 2010 Richmond Writes! entries were haiku. Haiku poetry is a lyrical form of unrhymed short poetry originating from Japan that consists of variable syllables, arranged in three lines, open to different arrangements of syllables in those lines. Because of its brevity, its flexibility, and its ability to express much and suggest more in the fewest possible words, haiku provides beginner as well as advanced writers with quickly satisfying results.

This year, our expanded category of short poetry will allow a variety of poetry works submitted on a single page to be judged. (Normal 12 font with lines skipped for easy copy is expected.) This category is intended for LEAP entries and High School Entries.

BACKGROUND OF 2014 THEME
The 2014 theme for this competition ties to a new mural called Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People. This mural was just installed in June 2013 on the Senior Center wall at 2525 Macdonald Avenue near Civic Center Plaza. The mural’s content came from stories told by the people of Richmond, and includes all aspects of our diverse community. The Richmond Writes!  poetry contest builds on this theme, inviting students to tell their own stories about their own identities.

CONTACT INFORMATION
RichmondWrites! is sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission. For more information contact Brenda Williams at richmondwrites@gmail.com or call the Arts & Culture Division Staff at (510) 620-6952.

Congratulations to the 2013 Winners!

The Richmond Arts and Culture Commission is proud to present the selected prize winning Richmond Writes! poets:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL POETS

Arianna Acosta Award for Excellence
Ariella Benavides Award for Excellence
Carlos Cavez Award for Excellence
Elizabeth Contreras Award for Excellence
Grace Vincent Award for Excellence
Kealoha Pualani Award for Excellence
Loida Escalante Award for Excellence
Ria Singh Award for Excellence
Valeria Echeverria Award for Excellence
Alyssa Villanueva Honorable Mention
Cassandra Gomez Honorable Mention
Catalina Kemmer Honorable Mention
Christina Madsen Honorable Mention
Evan Clark Honorable Mention
Hazel Brubaker Honorable Mention
Jackson Osborn Honorable Mention
Jade Anna Synnott Brandow Honorable Mention
Karla Martinez Honorable Mention
Mariah Barram Honorable Mention
Yahir Vazquez Honorable Mention

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Announcing the 2013 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest

In October 2010 the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) sponsored its first poetry writing contest, Richmond Writes!, in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, which takes place each October. Following up on the great success of the initial citywide contest, RACC held a second contest in October 2011, the themes of which were aligned with the Iron Triangle Legacy Project. Close to 200 students submitted over 300 poems in an inspiring display of their talents as writers.

Today we are proud to announce the 2013 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “A Healthy Richmond.” Submissions of short poetry forms are welcome. For details, please read below.

DEADLINE
All poetry contest submissions must be received at the RACC office before 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2013. The office is located at 440 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor, Richmond, CA 94804. Electronic submissions are also welcome. Submit them by midnight of March 14, 2013 to richmondwrites@gmail.com.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligible students are those attending any schools in Richmond, whether public or private. Home-schooled students, and students who reside in Richmond but attend schools outside of the city limits, are also eligible. A special competition category has been created for students in LEAP (Literacy is for Every Adult Program).

HOW DOES IT WORK?
All short poems submitted by eligible students will be judged for originality, writing skills, and understanding of the chosen subject. Submission deadline is March 14th. Judges will pick three finalists for each category (elementary, middle school, high school, and LEAP). All participants will receive certificates of recognition, as well as a chapbook containing all submissions, and finalists will be honored by the Mayor at a celebration honoring their efforts during National Poetry Month in April 2013.

THE 2013 THEME – A HEALTHY RICHMOND
Students are invited to write about “A Healthy Richmond.” This could include the challenges or the rewards of their daily lives in the city, or what a healthy city might look like in the future. Some possible topics include:

  • What does love look like?
  • What does health feel like?
  • My world
  • Thoughts to live by…
  • How non-violence can change people and places
  • Tomorrow will be better than today

FORMAT
Short poems of any form will be accepted. However, we find that haiku is a short-form poetry accessible and appealing to students of all ages; the majority of the 2010 Richmond Writes! entries were haiku. Haiku poetry is a lyrical form of unrhymed short poetry originating from Japan that consists of variable syllables, arranged in three lines, open to different arrangements of syllables in those lines. Because of its brevity, its flexibility, and its ability to express much and suggest more in the fewest possible words, haiku provides beginner as well as advanced writers with quickly satisfying results.

This year, our expanded category of short poetry will allow a variety of poetry works submitted on a single page to be judged. (Normal 12 font with lines skipped for easy copy is expected.) This category is intended for LEAP entries and High School Entries.

BACKGROUND OF 2013 THEME
The 2013 theme for this competition is “A Healthy Richmond” and ties to Healthy Richmond, a 10-year partnership to create meaningful and lasting improvements in the health of children and youth in Richmond. Richmond is one of the 14 communities across California taking part in a statewide initiative called Building Healthy Communities, sponsored by the California Endowment. The vision of the 10-year initiative is to create communities in which all children are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. The initiative is working to ensure that all residents have access to quality health care; residents are safe in their homes and neighborhoods; children attend vibrant schools that promote health and success; and that economic revitalization is tied to healthy conditions.

CONTACT INFORMATION
RichmondWrites! is sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission. For more information contact Brenda Williams at richmondwrites@gmail.com or call the Arts & Culture Division Staff at (510) 620-6952.