Young people are key to putting the pieces together for creative conflict resolution. The Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest encourages kids to write a poem or song about a peaceful theme (listening, respect, anti-bullying, etc). 5 selected poets receive gift cards, public recognition at our Peace Builder Awards Gala on November 17th, AND will be filmed by BTV! Winners brought guests to their feet at last year's Peace Builder Awards Gala. Check out the WDRC YouTube Channel for videos, or download our Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest booklet to read past poems.

Who: K-12 students in Whatcom County
When: Submit poems now through September 25, 2017
Prizes: Gift cards, public readings at Village Books and the Peace Builder Awards Gala, and much more! 
How: Submit poem online OR mail/drop off submission form to the WDRC (13 Prospect St., Ste 201, Bellingham, WA 98225)


Thanks to our 2017 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest Sponsor

Click here to shop online at Village Books in Historic Fairhaven and a portion of the proceeds will benefit WDRC!


Are you a teacher? Interested in submitting poems from your students?

We have a 30 min curriculum available! This short lesson includes an overview of three poetry styles, a vocabulary brainstorm, and time for students to construct their own poem on submission forms. All you do is mail them in! Contact for the free lesson plan. 

2014 Contest Winners, Photo credit: Phil Rose Photography

2014 Contest Winners, Photo credit: Phil Rose Photography

2016 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest Winners

  • Robyn J. from Lummi Nation School 
  • Grace N. from Mount Baker High School 
  • Haley W. from Mount Baker Middle School 
  • Millie P. from Bernice Vossbeck Elementary 
  • Brandon Z. 

Community members can celebrate these young poets as well as Peace Builder Award Recipients at the 14th Annual Peace Builder Awards Gala, Nov. 18th at 5:30pm at Settlemyer Hall. 

2014 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest Recipients on BTV

2013 Peaceful Poetry Contest Recipients on BTV