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!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by February 25, 2021. The submission window for the 2021 awards opens December 20, 2020.
See the table below for instructions.
|Type of Entry||Submission Procedure|
|Public School Students|
Individual student or class poems must be submitted by the student's teacher along with:
If the student wins, the teacher will be contacted.
|Home School Students|
Home school student poems must be submitted by the student's parents along with contact information to be notified 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!