Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a literary nonprofit center in Denver since 1997.
Ends on July 31, 2017

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.

The poems you submit can rhyme, or they can be written in conversational free verse. They can be about purple mountains and rad jumps off cornices, or they can be about your backyard garden, or your grandmother’s hands. (In other words, the poems don't have to be about mountains, or camping, or nature.) Please make sure they’re about something, and are about seeing things in new ways.

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Poems must be previously unpublished.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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Ends on November 15, 2016
From October 14 to November 15, 2016, Minor Disturbance, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and Colorado Creative Industries will accept submissions from young poets, rappers, leaders, and activists ages 14 to 20 from across the Denver area who are interested in representing the area as the inaugural Denver Youth Poet Laureate. A group of esteemed judges will select one young artist to be honored with the title of Denver Youth Poet Laureate. The top five finalists will perform at the inauguration ceremony, which will be held on December 9 at Youth on Record, 1301 East 10th Avenue.

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.

  • 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.



The Denver Youth Poet Laureate will serve as a voice for the youth of the Denver Metro Area and will work to enhance the awareness and practice of the literary arts within the metro area and beyond. They will also serve to promote social justice and community engagement.

The Laureate will be chosen based on literary merit, civic engagement, presence as a public speaker, and ability to act as a true representation of the youth of the Denver Metro Area.

Prizes for runner ups will include free workshops from Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Youth on Record, publication in upcoming Minor Disturbance anthologies, free professional recording studio time, and opportunities to perform in the upcoming year.

If you have questions regarding eligibility, or if you live within the eligible seven counties of the Denver metro area, please contact Minor Disturbance.