11th Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival

Dear Poetry-Lovers:

We are pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival. The Festival arose out of the conviction that the untapped voices of student-poets in Maine deserve to be recognized.  During the past eight years, student-poets from over twenty-five schools—including Aucocisco, Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Maine Girls Academy (formerly Catherine McAuley), Cheverus, Chop Point, Deering, Edward Little, Falmouth, Freeport, Glickman, Gorham, Grace Baptist, Greely, Hyde, Livermore Falls, Merriconeag, Morse, North Yarmouth, Roosevelt, Scarborough, South Portland, Waynflete, Windham Christian and Yarmouth—have been honored for their poetry.

The Festival is open to any Maine student attending a public or private high school in Cumberland, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties.  Students may submit one poem—no longer than 40 lines, on one side of a typed page—on any subject by the DEADLINE:

 THURSDAY, MARCH 1,  2018.

This year we are honored to announce that Maine’s current Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum, will serve as Festival judge. Stuart will select twenty finalists, who will be honored at a reading and awards ceremony on Sunday, April 29, from 3-4:30 p.m., at Maine Coast Waldorf School (formerly Merriconeag—we’ve changed our school’s name, but not the Festival’s!) in Freeport. Awards will include gift certificates and publication in a Festival anthology. Judge Kestenbaum will also speak briefly on the power of poetry and read one or two pieces of his own work.

The efforts of young people to discover music and meaning in language are what Maine Coast Waldorf School celebrates by organizing this event.  Use the submission form that must accompany each poem. Hard-copy submissions should be sent to:

Poetry Festival
Maine Coast Waldorf High School, 57 Desert Rd., Freeport, ME   04032

Submissions can also be emailed to [email protected].  The word Poetry should appear in the subject line.  Since this is a “blind judging,” poems should come as attachments, in a Word format only, WITH ONLY THE TITLE TO IDENTIFY THE PIECE.  All other information—name, poem title, school, grade, teacher, home address and phone number—should appear in the body of the email.  If you have any questions, please contact me at 865-3900, ext. 202, or at the email address above.


David Sloan, Merriconeag Poetry Festival Coordinator