Along with the prestigious title of Prince George’s County Youth Poet Laureate, the winning poet will:


  • PERFORM at the National Library of Congress Youth Poet Laureate Commencement in April, 2020


  • HAVE THEIR OWN collection of poetry published online


  • BE A FEATURED POET on tour throughout 2020 which includes readings at various county libraries, as well as at Busboys & Poets locations

  • Be automatically entered as a contestant in Urban Word’s NATIONAL Youth Poet Laureate Contest


  • PARTNER with the Adult Poet Laureate of Prince George’s County, Joy Alford Matthews for special events


  • RECEIVE PAID WORK as a contracted performer for various county business & organizations for hire


  • ORGANIZE, IMPLEMENT & ACTIVATE an awareness campaign for whatever social issue they desire

IN ADDITION:  The remaining finalists will be appointed Youth Poet Ambassadors for their respective cities, and will have the opportunity to share their poetry at various readings, town hall meetings, ribbon cuttings & other official events throughout the DMV along with our Laureate.

THE PGC – YPL Program is a joint venture of Urban Word of NYC and DIALECT of PG County, along with Lyrikal Storm, with additional collaboration by the American Poetry Museum, the PG County African American Museum, ECO City Farms, and the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, with generous support from county residents like you.

AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION,  Click below to pay your processing fee. 

You will receive an email receipt and be notified of contest results by December 3

Youth Poet Laureate Application

Below is the application to become the 2020 Prince George's County Youth Poet Laureate. Take your time when completing this form and if you are under the age of 18, we suggest filling this out with your parents or guardians help. 

All applicants must be between the ages of 13-19 years old and be current residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland. No applications will be accepted after 12 Midnight on Friday, November 1st.

Applicants are asked to upload up to Five Original Poems, a Performance Video, and a Bio or a Resume detailing their interests & accomplishments. They should include any community service or volunteer experience, extracurricular/church programming, or awards that they may have.

NOTE:  There is a 10.00 application fee due at the completion of this form. When you finish, just hit the yellow "PAY NOW" button at the bottom of the form which will then direct you to our Pay Pal site. No application will be processed without payment.