Lafayette Youth Poetry Prize


The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and ARTS!Lafayette are proud to present

(For information about the adult Michael Adams Poetry Prize)

FREE Poetry Reading and Awards Ceremony

Free event – poetry reading and awards ceremony.  The community is invited to hear the finalists read their poetry at the:

2017 Youth Poetry Prize Reading
April 29, 2017; 2:00 PM
THE COLLECTIVE~ Community Arts Center
201 N. Public Road

Youth Guidelines
  • Poets must live or attend school in Lafayette, Colorado.
  • Entries must be received by Friday, April 7, 2017 at 12:00 noon.
  • Entries are limited to two poems per poet.  An entry form must be attached to each poem submitted.
  • If you are a teacher submitting work on behalf of students, please pre-screen poems and submit no more than five entries per age group for each language.
  • Please be sure to follow the directions on the application form to insure that judging is blind.
  • For complete information and entry form:    English    Spanish

CASH Prizes!

$340 in prize money will be awarded! Lafayette youth in grades K- 8th may submit poems written in Spanish or English. 
View the LYPP Poster in Spanish.
View the LYPP Poster in English
High School Students may submit to the Adult category. Open to Lafayette residents and students, cash prizes will be awarded for winning poems in each Spanish and each English category: 1st place $50; 2nd place $25; and 3rd place $10. All styles, themes, and lengths are welcome. 

A note about Michael Adams:

Michael Adams was a founding board member of ARTS!Lafayette and longtime member and chair of Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission as well as a talented poet.  He had a passion for poetry, the arts and community. He was an intelligent, thoughtful and guiding force for many. He had a huge heart and was a stellar volunteer. He lost his life to cancer in September 2013; this contest is named in his honor.