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 past year’s contest chapbook: “twenty-fourth.”

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.

Submissions are closed for 2019! Questions, contact us at:

2019 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest
Reading event:   Tuesday Oct. 22, 2019,  7 p.m.
at the Larson Gallery, 16th Ave & Nob Hill Blvd.

This event will feature the winners and judges of the 2019 contest. Our chapbook containing the winning poems, “Twenty-Fifth,” will be available for a $10 donation to YCP. Admission to the event is free (donations welcome). There will be refreshments, including wine.

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

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.

That event set the stage for the 2015 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest, which, if you give us the formatting hiccup in 2014 to reorganize, marked 21 consecutive years of juried poetry competition in the Central Washington poetry community.  

The 2017 chapbook of winners, “twenty-third,” with cover art by Cheryl Hahn, 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…

The twenty-fourth annual Poetry Contest Reading Event was a great success!

2019 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest Photo Gallery

Coming soon!

2017 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest Photo Gallery

2016 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest Photo Gallery

2015 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest Photo Gallery