A Forest of Words

A Forest of Words, Teen poetry anthology.

Want to be a published author?

Whatcom County teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter their original poetry for inclusion in A Forest of Words 2019, a teen poetry anthology, which will be distributed to area schools and libraries.  Accepted poets receive a copy of the book (and bragging rights!) if their work is accepted for publication. A panel of library staff and area teens select poems based on originality, creativity, and craft.

Entry deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019. 

  • For teens in grades 6-12
  • Original poetry only
  • Team or partner entries allowed
  • Up to 2 submissions accepted per person
  • Length limit is less than a page (8.5 x 11)

Submissions accepted online and in the branches beginning January 1, 2019. After that date, you can drop off your poetry at any library with an entry form attached.  Entry forms can be picked up at the library or downloaded here (PDF). Prefer to email your submission?  Fill out an online form below.

Wondering if your poem will be in the book or not?  You should hear from us in an email or a phone message by Friday, April 12, 2019.  If you haven’t heard from us by that date, please call us at (360) 305-3600 or stop by any library

Have more questions? Ask at your library or by email at https://www.wcls.org/contact-us/


Forest of Words Submission

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.

Questions? Ask at your library by email at https://www.wcls.org/contact-us/

Online Submission Form will be available in January, 2019.