2019 Poetry Competition

Dates to Remember

Writing Workshops: January 2, February 5 & 19
Deadline: March 9
Notification: April 13
Awards Ceremony: April 27, 4-6 pm

Download Printable Entry Form or Enter online using links below.

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Teen (Grades 9-12)


Traditional: An original, unpublished work of any subject or style with the exception of prose.

Digital Media: An interpretation of a famous poem as a video, animation or rap no longer than 2 minutes in length. (To submit a digital entry, click on the button below to fill out your information then email your video to education@hoytartcenter.org.)

Entry fee: Free. No more than two entries per student.

Eligibility: Open to Lawrence County Students in grades 9-12.

Prizes: First -$100, Second - $50, Third - $25 in each category.

Adult (ages 18+)


Traditional Only: Original, unpublished work of any subject or style with the exception of prose.

Entry fee: $5 per poem. (Waivers available upon request. Email education@hoytartcenter.org)

Eligibility: Limited to 150 mile radius of New Castle.

Prizes: First - $200, Second - $100, Third - $50

Poetry Workshops

We have developed a series of workshops to get you inspired and improve your poetry writing skills! Workshops are free for members or $10 each for non-members. Scholarships are available for all ages.

Breaking Words with Karen Schubert, January 22, 6-8 pm
One of the pleasures of writing poems is to see, in a fresh way, words and their arrangement on the page. Riff off of the poetry of Craig Santos Perez, who breaks words into smaller words to shift a poem’s meaning with surprising plot twists.

Karen Schubert is the founding director of Lit Youngstown, a nonprofit, online literary publication at www.LitYoungstown.org. An accomplished author, she has published five poetry chapbooks, most recently Dear Youngstown (NightBallet Press). Awards include an Ohio Arts Council individual Excellence Award in poetry.

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Auditory Explorations, Writing and Revising with Your Ears, February 5, 6-8 pm
Explore the auditory possibilities of language in writing and revision with Brigid Cassin. We will examine examples from prose and poetry to help learn how to manipulate your writing with a focus on sound, with insights from nonfiction writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks.

Brigid Cassin is an MFA candidate in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program. She is based at Youngstown State University where she writes the New Frontiers magazine and is also completing a graduate certificate in children’s and young adult literature.

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The Geography of Childhood, A Recollection of Lost Places of the Heart, February 19, 6-8 pm

Discover how to express the sensory images of childhood memories in poetry with Jonathan Solomon while exploring the technique of music sound in free verse.

Jonathan Solomon studied poetry and Shakespeare at Lincoln University, Oxford. His poems have been set to music by composers David Stock and Judy Bruce and performed at the Pittsburgh City Theater, IUP, Rodef Sholem and other venues. He performed three poems at memorial concert at Carnegie Mellon this past November. Solomon has a BA in English from W&J College and a JD from Northwestern University.

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