• Virtualandia 


  • #Virtualandia! 2021 is an exciting opportunity for Portland Metro high school students to take part in a dynamic virtual slam poetry competition for the chance to win prizes and the title of #Virtualandia slam champion. This program includes free workshops for students and schools, individual feedback sessions for competing poets, and professional video production for the top 10 students who advance to the final rounds. 

    The championship will be held via livestream on Thursday April 29, 2021 at www.virtualandia.live. The top prize is a $1,000 visa gift card.

    Students and educators can get free tickets to the 2021 #Virtualandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship and community members can support the next generation of poets and storytellers with their ticket purchase.


    IMPORTANT DATES

    March 19 — Submissions open, 12 p.m. 

    March 31 — Submissions close- deadline to submit, 11:59 p.m.

    April 13 — Notification of placement

    April 16 — Studio recording of final poems, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    April 17 — Studio recording of final poems, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    April 29 — #Virtualandia! championship livestream at 5:30 p.m.


    FOR COMPETING STUDENTS:

    HOW TO ENTER VIRTUALANDIA:

    1. Register here. Registration is open now!
    2. Upload your video. 

    Starting March 19, once you have registered, Literary Arts will email you within one business day with a link to upload the video of your poem. Both components (registration and upload) of your entry must be submitted by Wednesday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST. You will be notified of advancement by Tuesday, April 13. Up to 300 students can submit a poem.

    Please note: Participating students must be high school students, currently enrolled at one of the following schools:  Alliance, Benson, Centennial, Cleveland, David Douglas, Fir Ridge, Franklin, Grant, Gresham, Ida B. Wells-Barnett/Wilson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Many Nations Academy, Metropolitan Learning Center, Open School, Parkrose, Reynolds, and Roosevelt.

    HEAD OVER TO THE VIRTUALANDIA HANDBOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY, RULES, PRIZES, COMPETITION DESIGN, WORKSHOPS, RESOURCES, AND MORE! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR WORKSHOPS AND Q&A SESSION.
    For questions, please contact Youth Programs Manager, Olivia Jones-Hall, at olivia@literary-arts.org or Director of Youth Programs, Emilly Prado, at emilly@literary-arts.org