Welcome to the Austin International Youth Poetry Festival

International poets from kindergarten through high school are welcome to join us at the festival and submit to the di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology competition.  Participation is free for all K-12 Youth Poets.  Attendance at the festival is not required.  Activities for Youth Poets that attend the festival include reading poetry, attend poetry readings geared for K-12 Youth, open mic, and youth poetry workshops.  Published di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology authors read their winning entry at a special reading.  Youth Poets that do not attend the festival can submit poetry to be considered for publication in the di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology.

Free Youth Poet T-Shirt!
We are excited to offer all participating Youth Poets one free t-shirt. Youth Poets not attending that would like to receive a free t-shirt unfortunately must pay for shipping - $5 anywhere in the USA and $10 for international shippping.  To receive your free Youth Poet t-shirt, click here to sign up.  For API/AIPF to know you would like your t-shirt you must signup online and pickup the t-shirt at the festival.

Youth Activities during the Festival

  • Published Youth Poets read their work at the di-vêrsé-city Anthology Reading 
  • Attend the di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology reading
  • Open Mic for all Youth Poets
  • Childrens' Poetry Reading 
  • Youth Poetry Slam
  • One or two Youth Poetry Workshops

Akers Award for Youth Poetry

This award is in honor of founding editor of the di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology, Deborah A. Akers.  The award honors outstanding achievements by poets in elementary, middle and high school.  Each year a panel of esteemed writers in our community serves as judges for this competition. 

di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology

Each year the Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) recognizes youth poets by publishing their work together in a truly di-verse anthology. Each featured K-12 Youth Poet receives one copy of di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology free.  Additional copies are available for purchase for $15.  For more information on purchasing Youth Anthologies email youth@aipf.org .  

Publication Release/Legal Disclaimer for Parents/Guardian

As the parent or guardian of a participating Youth Poet you must agree to the following terms and conditions and digitally assign publication rights to API/AIPF by typing your name for your digital signature when your Youth Poet submits their poetry online. 

I am the parent or legal guardian of the student/youth submitting this poetry and I give permission for API/AIPF to publish this piece. Publication rights include Youth Di-Verse-City Anthology, North American Serial rights, anthology rights (should we publish a future retrospective issue), and publication on our website and social media outlets.  The copyright reverts to the author upon publication.  

If we participate in the Youth Anthology Read and any other AIPF Youth Activities, I also grant API/AIPF permission to publish any photos of my child and family taken at the events without any compensation.  By typing my name in this digital signature box, I agree with these terms.

Are you a Teacher?

Please contact youth@aipf.org for more information on how to get your class involved.