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Newman Prize for English Jueju

Sponsored by the Institute for US-China Issues, the Newman Prize for English Jueju is awarded every two years to the best classical Chinese poems written in English. Four $500 prizes will be awarded to Oklahoma K-16 students or classes.

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 of all subjects. Students who enjoy word games, poetry or both are especially encouraged to enter!

About English Jueju poetry

2021 Winners Announced

Contest Guidelines 

2021 Contest Flyer (PDF)

  • Winning English language poems must follow the rules of classical Chinese poetry detailed in the teaching resources.
  • Both “Old Style” and “New Style” Jueju can be submitted.
  • Submissions can be composed by individual students or collectively by whole classes (submitted by a teacher). If a collectively written poem is selected, the class receives the money instead of an individual student. 
  • Four prizes will be awarded, one at each level: elementary, middle, high school, college/adult.
  • Winning students, parents and teacher will all be invited to the Newman Prize ceremony (online in 2021) where the winning poems will be read and certificates and checks will be presented to the winners. 

All poems must be submitted to by March 6, 2021. The 2021 competition is now closed.

See the table below for instructions.

Type of Entry Submission Procedure
Student: Teacher Submission

Individual student or class poems are submitted by the student's teacher
along with:

Student Name
Teacher Name
Contact information

If the student wins, the teacher will be contacted. 
Winners must attend ceremony to receive their prize. 

Student: Parent Submission

Student poems are submitted by the student's parent or guardian along with contact information for notification if the student wins. 

Winners must attend ceremony to receive their prize. 




College students and other adults can submit their poems directly. Please provide school affiliation and contact information.

Any adult category winner from out of state does not need to attend the ceremony in person and will receive their award by mail.

Introduction to Jueju

Professor Jonathan Stalling's instructional video (below) leads 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. Have fun and good luck!

Visit our "About English Jueju" page for more background and educational materials