Welcome to Woodland Pattern's Submittable site! Submissions are currently open for the first annual Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate competition. This is also where registered participants can submit their videos for our 29th Annual Poetry Marathon.



Our 2023 Poetry Marathon will take place virtually on Crowdcast on Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29, and feature performances from 240 poets over the course of two days and 24 hours. To learn more about the Poetry Marathon or to sign up as a reader, please visit our website or call us at 414-263-5001.

If you have already registered to read in the Marathon, you can submit your materials below. You will be prompted to upload your video as well as a text document of your poems to be used for closed captioning. Important: Please be sure you are registered as a reader before submitting your materials.

As per Marathon guidelines, please also make sure that your video is no more than five minutes in length. If you need assistance uploading your file (or recording yourself), feel free to contact us at info@woodlandpattern.org or give us a call.

Need tips on how to record a good video? We have some for you here.



Through February 15, 2023, Woodland Pattern is accepting submissions from Milwaukee County high school juniors interested in becoming Milwaukee's first ever Youth Poet Laureate

For students who would like help preparing and submitting their applications, Woodland Pattern will  host two FREE youth workshops in early February. More information about these opportunities and general information about the program is available here.

Woodland Pattern and its partners are excited to announce the first-ever Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate competition and initiative!

Submissions for the Laureateship will open on December 1 and close on February 15. Finalists will be selected in March and receive performance coaching to help them prepare for a city-wide competition event in April at the Milwaukee Public Library's central branch.


Applicants must be high school juniors, and either a Milwaukee County resident or enrolled in a Milwaukee County high school

Application Process

  • Submit 5 poems + a CV outlining extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and/or academic honors by February 15, 2023. (Portal opens December 1.)
  • Finalists will be selected in March to compete at a juried Poetry Slam in April.

The Milwaukee Youth Poet Laureate will receive:

  • A $500 scholarship
  • A paid summer internship with Woodland Pattern
  • Opportunies to perform around the city and to compete regionally and nationally
  • A week-long mentorship with a former Youth Poet Laureate from elsewhere in the country
  • Support from Woodland Pattern throughout the Laureateship

Please keep your video to no more than 5 minutes in length. Please be sure to also include the text for your poem(s) so that we can include closed captioning with your video.

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