Attention student writers! We are pleased to announce another exciting publishing opportunity, courtesy of Ooligan Press:

William Stafford (1914–1993) was one of the most important American poets of the last half of the twentieth century. Among his many credentials, Stafford received the National Book Award for his poetry collection Traveling through the Dark (1963), and was named Oregon’s Poet Laureate in 1975.

To celebrate Stafford’s centennial birthday, promote literacy, and help students develop a joy in writing, Ooligan Press has created a writing contest for seventh through twelfth-graders statewide. Ooligan will be accepting submissions for The William Stafford Writing Contest through April 2013, and in May, a panel of judges will convene to read submissions and select pieces for publication. These selections will be collected in an anthology titled We Belong In History and released in January 2014, to coincide with a yearlong celebration of William Stafford’s birth.

Teachers and participants can find more information, including an assortment of William Stafford’s poems, one of his essays on the writing process, and three sets of lesson plans written by local teachers at the contest website.

Happy reading, happy writing.

William Stafford