The Lighthouse Beacon Award was created and initially funded by Lighthouse students to honor a Lighthouse faculty member whose teaching evidences a profound and lasting commitment to student writers and to the craft of writing. It is funded entirely by donations, and you are welcome to make a donation, if you so choose. Whether you make a donation or not does not affect this nomination. All nominations are kept confidential.
Past recipients include:
2015: Benjamin Whitmer
2014: Erika Krouse
2013: Chris Ransick
2012: David Rothman
2011: Shari Caudron
2010: Paula Younger
2009: Alexandre Philippe
2008: William Haywood Henderson
Past winners of the award are eligible after a one year grace period. The Beacon Award Committee meets annually to consider these nominations and gives priority to an instructor’s dedication to student writers and the craft of writing. The Beacon Award guidelines allow the committee to consider, among others, the number of classes taught for Lighthouse; the quality and depth of the Instructor’s own writing; and the Instructor’s commitment to Lighthouse Writers. In keeping with Lighthouse’s values, culture, and tradition of creative excellence, the balance of this form may consist of poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, screenplay, or any other variant of the written word.
Let these quotes serve as guides. Guy de Maupassant once wrote, “Talent is a long patience.” Ezra Pound said, “Go in fear of abstractions.” Mary Oliver suggests: “The poet must not only write the poem but must scrutinize the world intensely, or anyway that part of the world he or she has taken for subject.”
Submitted poems must have titles. And please, no poems longer than three pages, single-spaced. In the cover letter section, please include a short, two or three sentence bio with your submission.
Poems must be previously unpublished. Rights revert back to writer upon publication.
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Along with the prestigious title of Denver Youth Poet Laureate, the winning poet will receive a book deal from Penmanship Books and will be the recipient of the Russell J. Arkind Memorial Scholarship. The Denver Youth Poet Laureate will also be provided with numerous opportunities and platforms to share their powerful voice, civic leadership, and love for Denver as they perform though out the metro area and the state.
CONTEST RULES / HOW TO APPLY
- Applicants must be from Denver Metro Area, and between 14 to 20 years old.
- Applicants must remain a resident of the Denver metro area for the full length of their year-long term.
- Submit five original poems / Raps / Performances (and/or YouTube Links to your poems). Submit at least one poem that speaks to the themes of Human Relations, Diversity, and Social Justice. Include a RESUME that includes your name, address, phone #, and email, AS WELL AS detailing all of your accomplishments, community service, after school programs, volunteer experiences, and awards.
HOW THE CONTEST WORKS
If you have questions regarding eligibility, or if you live within the eligible seven counties of the Denver metro area, please contact Minor Disturbance.