Annual Poetry Contest

The “Annual Juried Poetry Contest and Reading” is not new with the Yakima Coffeehouse Poets. Actually, 2019 is the contest’s 25th year, a milestone which is reflected in the title of this year’s contest chapbook: “twenty-fifth.”

The event has a history, one that got its start in 1994 as the brainchild of Elizabeth Herres Miller, a former executive director of Allied Arts of Yakima who thought a literary event would complement the nonprofit’ s visual arts calendar. The contest quickly caught on. In 2006, a second event was later added: “Open Mic Night,” a monthly spoken-word forum for local poets to read their own poetry. Unfortunately, while the fortunes of these poetry events waxed, those of Allied Arts waned. The nonprofit closed its doors in December 2013.

Enter the Yakima Coffeehouse Poets, organized by local writers in 2014. The goal? Keep poetry alive! A nonprofit was formed.

2019 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest

was a great success!
The 2020 Poetry Contest submission dates will be announced in the Spring.

Our chapbook containing the winning poems, “Twenty-Fifth,” is now available for a $10 donation to YCP.

Submissions are closed! Questions, contact us at:

In 2014, in lieu of a contest, YCP, supported by many generous donors, published “Twentieth,” an anthology of winners from 19 years of contests under Allied Arts. The title acknowledges what would have been the contest’s 20th year. The release event on Nov. 30, 2014, attracted many poets from past years who read their winning poems to a standing-room-only crowd.

The 2019 chapbook of winners, “twenty-fifth,” is available for a $10 donation to YCP either at Inklings Bookshop or Oak Hollow Custom Framing & Gallery. Earlier chapbooks from past years are still available by contacting Ed Stover at 509-833-8577 or…

2019 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest Photo Gallery

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