downtown fresno

Eaton Plaza Poetry Contest

September 1, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Eaton Plaza Poetry Contest

* NOTE: This is just a competition. Eaton Plaza does not have any activities for this said event.


Completing the Dream: The Eaton Plaza Poetry Contest

Downtown Fresno Coalition and San Joaquin Valley Writing Project are sponsoring a poetry competition with cash prizes for high school students.

The Eaton Plaza Poetry Contest is intended to raise awareness of the long-standing effort of local citizens to make Eaton Plaza an inviting green space in the cultural and governmental center of Fresno. More information about Eaton Plaza can be found on the Downtown Fresno Coalition page.

Some possible ideas for the poems:
1. Imagine/Describe the past, present and future of Eaton Plaza
2. Explain why it is important to have open green spaces in a city
3. Develop your own vision about Eaton Plaza or open green spaces in Fresno

Poems can be in any style or form, including prose poetry. Poems should be no more than one page, single-spaced, typed.

Who is eligible?
Any student attending high school (beginning Fall 2018) in Fresno Unified, Clovis Unified, Washington Union, Central Unified and Sanger Unified School Districts.

How do students enter and what is the deadline?
1. Send your poem (include a title) in MS Word or PDF format to: eatonplazapoetrycontest@gmail.com by 11:59 pm, September 24, 2018.
2. Include your contact information (e-mail and phone number), and your grade level, English teacher, and school (for Fall 2018).

What is the prize if a poem is chosen?
Three winning poems will be chosen, and the student poets will receive the following cash prizes: $200 for first place; $150 for second place; $100 for third place.

Notification of winners:
Winners will be notified by e-mail by October 8. A reception in honor of the winners and their teachers will be held on October 30, 2018, 4:00-5:30 pm at the Fresno Main Library (Downtown) in the Saroyan Gallery.

Who are the judges?
Megan Bohigian, former teacher at Roosevelt High School, poet and author
Lee Herrick, Fresno Poet Laureate Emeritus, poet and author
Dixie Salazar, poet, author and visual artist, member of Downtown Fresno Coalition

What if a student poet has a question?
Please e-mail: