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Phillip Wang Memorial Poetry Contest

Friday, April 12, 2019

5-7 PM


About the contest:

  • Theme is mental health and substance use disorder

  • 10 finalists will be chosen to read their work out loud at this event

  • After presenting, the top 3 winners will be chosen and awarded


  • First place: $250

  • Second place: $150

  • Third place: $100

Guidelines for submission:

  • 1 poem, no longer than a page

    • Must pertain to mental health and/or substance use disorder

  • Must be current UW-Madison student

  • Deadline is March 29th, 2019​

Submission to: Melanin Speaking at

Thank you to the University of Wisconsin-Madison English Department, especially Ms. Karen Redfield, and Melanin Speaking for hosting this event!

Share your work!

We encourage everyone, regardless of writing level, to enter this contest! We recognize that mental health and substance use related topics are often heavily stigmatized and that you may not feel comfortable sharing personal thoughts on this. This contest is meant to be a safe space for all. It is meant to encourage you to put your thoughts on paper and feel empowered to share your own journey. Take a step out of your comfort zone and allow this to be a way for you to express yourself.

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