Strada Company presents the Strada Poetry Prize for poets under forty years of age who live or are attending schools, colleges, or universities in Arizona.
Strada Company, a nonprofit arts and education organization, seeks poetical work of word-drunk beauty, voice-driven with striking ideas and language. If we knew what we wanted exactly, we'd write it ourselves. So your creativity and vision are most important. There is no restriction on style or content. Applications will be accepted in English and Spanish. Please be aware that publication both digital and print will be in a 6" x 9" which works well for cross-platform presentation. This is something to keep in mind if you use visual elements or long lines
Winners will receive a $250 prize and publication of a chapbook of their poetry (of which they will receive ten copies). This edition will also be made available through online, digital copies of which the author will receive 80% of the proceeds from sales. The application fee is $10. Poets unable to afford this application fee may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Digital editions will be available for one year and all rights remain with the author. Portions or quotes from the selected poet may be used in promotion. Poets who do not win the prize will have the opportunity, if they so chose, to be published in the online Strada journal Jink in January 2019.
Please note: Strada Company utilizes a blind process with our jury team and so does not include a name or other demographical information. Poetry is a personal thing, so we include here our nondiscrimination policy.
Strada Company welcomes and encourages participation by everyone. Our community is based on mutual respect, tolerance, and encouragement, and we are working to help each other live up to these principles. We want our community to be more diverse: whoever you are, and whatever your background, we welcome you.
We have created this diversity statement because we believe that a diverse arts community is stronger and more vibrant. A diverse culture where people treat each other with respect has more potential contributors and more sources of ideas. It is, in short, a better world.
Although we have phrased the formal diversity statement generically to make it all-inclusive, we recognize that there are specific attributes that are used to discriminate against people. In alphabetical order, some of these attributes include (but are not limited to): age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and subculture. We welcome people regardless of the values of these or other attributes.
As diversity can often be passive, Strada Company seeks to engage, exhort, enjoin, and empower the wide and amazing array of human-created performance and art. Our diversity statement is not merely a policy; it is what we are.
Strada Company creates and supports art in a variety of communities and for a myriad of reasons. We are open to all.