Teen Writers: VOLTA call for poems!

The Vachel Lindsay Association is seeking 5-10 amazing poems by Springfield area teens, to be showcased in a family-friendly performance event, VOLTA, to be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

This event, now in its third year, will feature student-created poetry, dance and music that will be presented live to the public during the February performance. Students whose work is chosen for this event may have their poems recited as a part of the event, or their poems may be selected by area dancers or composers to serve as inspiration for new performance pieces.

The theme for this year’s performance is animals, domestic or wild, loved or feared, at rest or on parade. The directors hope teens write about animals in many guises – as odes to the animals they love best or as dreams of animals they wish they could be. A list of of writing prompts – for teachers and students – is attached. volta_2017poetrycall

Submission Guidelines:

  • Students (ages 13 to 18) may submit up to 3 poems related to Volta’s animal theme, but may not exceed 5 pages of work.
  • Email entries to the Vachel Lindsay Association – saved in either Word or PDF format – to vachellindsay@gmail.com.
  • All entries must include the student’s name, address, phone number and email address in the header of each page, along with their current grade and the name of the school they are attending. Entries without this information will not be considered.
  • Entries must be emailed by midnight on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 to be eligible for consideration.

Poems will be selected for this performance by members of the Vachel Lindsay Association Board of Directors. Students whose poems are selected by the Board of Directors to be included in this event will be notified no later than January 2017. Questions and inquires may be directed to Lisa Higgs, VLA President, at vachellindsay@gmail.com.