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2015 Newman Young Poets Awards: 28 words = $500

If you like word games, poetry, or both, try your hand at this year’s Newman Young Writers Award, sponsored by the Institute for US-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma.

This year five $500 prizes will be awarded to Oklahoma K-16 students or classes (Elementary, Middle, High School, and adult, plus Chinese). Winning English language poems must follow the rules of Classical Chinese Poetry! The competition only runs for one month so do not delay (January 25 - February 25, 2015). Winners will be invited to the University of Oklahoma to receive their $500 award at the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature awards banquet on March 6, 2015.

In addition to the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature, every two years the Institute for US-China Issues sponsors the Newman Young Poets Awards, which are awarded to the best Classical Chinese poems written in English following the rules that make Chinese poetry such a rich and complex art form.

Due to the many cultural, artistic, and linguistic elements that enrich this complex form of poetry, we encourage not only English and Chinese classes to participate, but also social studies, history, art, music, drama, as well as AP classes among others. If a collectively written poem is selected as the winner, the class will receive the money instead of an individual student. In either case, 28 words = $500. Submissions should be e-mailed to, and can be composed by individual students or collectively by whole classes.

Professor Jonathan Stalling's instructional video above will lead teachers (and ambitious students) through the basic elements of the most famous genre of Classical Chinese poetry, the “jueju.” Professor Stalling is the creator of this genre of English poetry, and will judge the submissions. In addition to the video above, the DOC and PDF files below can be downloaded and printed out for use in the classroom (or at home). Have fun and good luck!

2013 Young Poets Donovan Helterbrand (1st grade),
Aaliyah Elders (8th grade), Casey Cai (11th grade), & Spencer McCoy (college)


        2011 Young Writer Eleanor Sun             2009 Young Writer Fitore Kusari