Calling All Youth Poets! Apply to be our 2018 Youth Poet Laureate

Calling all youth poets! The City of Victoria in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library is seeking nominations for the position of Youth Poet Laureate for 2018.

Created in 2013 by the Victoria Youth Council, the Youth Poet Laureate position provides the community with access to strong youth voices.

The Youth Poet Laureate is tasked with reaching out to vulnerable youth populations and encouraging peer to peer education and inspiration through new works and by developing a community youth poetry event.

Applicants must be 14 to 24 years of age, reside in the Capital Region, and can submit their own application or be nominated by someone else. The application must include three original poems in any format including written, audio or video; a letter of intent outlining the applicant’s vision for the Youth Poet Laureate position; three sample project ideas; and a resume noting their community engagement experience related to school, work, or volunteering.  

Those who wish to nominate a youth poet should inform them in advance so they have adequate time to submit the supporting documents to the nomination package. 

Term and Remuneration:
The Youth Poet Laureate is an honorary one-year term position from January 1 to December 31, 2018. The position will receive a $1,750 honorarium and $1,000 of project funding, in addition to a year-long mentorship with Victoria’s Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer. The position is funded by the City of Victoria with project support from the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Deadline for Submissions:  Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 4 p.m.

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