Welcome to the Austin International Youth Activities

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, but anyone participating must register. 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.

Youth Activities during the Festival

  • Published Youth Poets read their work at the di-vêrsé-city Anthology Reading 
  • Open Mic Poetry Read for all Youth Poets
  • 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 poems are blindly scored by readers and a prestigious Judge is chosen to name the winner's of the competition. 

 di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology

Poets who have an accepted poem receive one free copy of the anthology, and are invited to read the poem at the Anthology Launch during the Festival. If the poet does not attend the Festival, a print copy will be mailed to the U S. address listed on the Submission Form within 60 days of the Festival’s closing. If the address on the Submission Form is not within the U.S., an electronic copy will be sent unless the poet pays for shipping and handling. If you have additional questions email youth@aipf.org.

Publication Release/Legal Disclaimer for Parents/Guardian

Parents must read the Submission Guidelines and digitally sign the Publication Release online, and must also approve of registration to the Youth Program for their child to submit to the youth anthology contest and/or attend the youth activities.

Are you a Teacher?

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