2018 Symposium Poetry Contest

Frederick Douglass at 200: His Living Words
Deadline: October 15, 2018.

IUPUI’s Frederick Douglass Papers will be hosting a poetry contest for this year’s Frederick Douglass Symposium celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of noted abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. Poetry submissions are open to all high school and college level students.

Submissions will be carefully read and evaluated by the staff members of the Frederick Douglass Papers Edition, and the winners will be selected by Dr. John Kaufman-McKivigan and Dr. Jeffery Duvall. The winner of the contest will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card, while the runner ups will receive copies of books on Frederick Douglass.

The top contestants will have the opportunity to read their work aloud at the Frederick Douglass at 200: His Living Words Symposium at the Hine Hall Auditorium in IUPUI’s University Tower Building on Friday, October 26, 2018, between 10:30 and 11:30AM.

Due to the time restrictions of the event, we request that all poems, when read aloud, fall between three and five minutes each. While there are no style or formatting restrictions, all poems must be about Frederick Douglass and his world.

Electronic submissions are encouraged and may be sent to: douglass@iupui.edu

With permission, selected poems may also be presented online at the Frederick Douglass Papers website. We look forward to reading your submissions!