To qualify, you must be an active student in grades 7-12 in the state of Arizona. Submissions must be sent to and received by our editors by February 12th. Entries must provide a full name, email address, the school they attend, and a poem not to exceed 1000 words. All poetry submitted cannot be previously published. In general, yes: we consider a work previously published if it has appeared on a public blog or website, or in a high-school or college anthology, in the published results of a writing contest, etc. If we can find it in Google, it has been published. Poetry may be of any form or style. Work will be chosen by a group of peer editors that participate in Project Lit, an out-of-school time program that uses poetry, spoken word and hip hop to promote literacy & activate social and emotional learning with young and emerging adults. Work will be chosen based on the quality of content, consistency of voice and style, and mastery of language. There is no submission fee to enter.
Sunset Uncensored: An Anthology of Poetry by Arizona’s High School Students
Imagine a world where young people speak for themselves with passion and authority. A world where they tell their own stories. This anthology is just that.
The Project Lit program is offered by Mesa Arts Center in partnership with Phonetic Spit, and uses Poetry, Hip Hop, & Spoken Word to promote literacy and activate social and emotional learning in young and emerging adults.
This program and anthology could not have been possible without the dedication of our teaching artist collective: Myrlin Hepworth, Robert “Flipside” Daniels, Mic Maven, Katie Nichols, Monique Espinoza, Patience Briggs, Garrett Pauli, Raejean Alcala, Ashley Freie, Hector Castellanos and Aaron Johnson. Additional thanks to our local partners: Lawn Gnome Publishing & Phonetic Spit.