Teen Spoken Word Night

Teen Spoken Word Night

Presented by: Montana Book Co., The Friendship Center, and the Montana
Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Date: May 30, 2019 from 6-8 PM
Location: Red Atlas, 400 Euclid Ave

All high school students from Helena are invited to submit original poetry, essays or stories to be read aloud by the authors on Mary 30th at the Red Atlas. Writing must be related to one of the themes outlined below, limited to 800 words or an 8-minute long read.


  1. Identity
    Identity is simply, but complexly, who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you.
    What to Write:
          Who or what has shaped your identity?
          When was a time that you felt like you belonged or that you were            accepted for who you are?
          Describe a day with no assumptions, stereotypes, or biases based           on gender or any identity. What do you see/hear/notice instead?
          What parts of yourself do you love?
  2. Dating Violence/Sexual Violence
    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), which is dedicated to raise public awareness and educate communities on how to prevent it. Violence affects people of all ages, either directly or indirectly. Each of us can play a role in ending violence, and can support those who have experienced it.
    * An advocate will be available at the event for anyone who may need to speak to one.
    What to Write:
           What does it mean to have been affected by violence?
           Write a story about healing from harm.
           What would the community or world look like if it were free                   from violence (sights, sounds, smells, etc)?
           What does it mean to feel safe?

      3. Love and Relationships
          Love, intimacy, friendship…they can all look very different or mean               different things to different people.
         What to write:
                What is love?
                Describe the most meaningful relationship in your life.
                What makes a good friend?
                How do you define family?

The top three submissions will be awarded a gift card from downtown businesses. Selected pieces will also be printed (with author’s consent) in a Zine available at Montana Book Co.

The Rules

  1.  Student authors from all public, private, alternative, or home school settings in Helena are eligible to submit work.
  2. Authors must be available for a rehearsal on 5/15/19 from 6-8 PM at Montana Book Co. (331 N Last Chance Gulch). 

Please submit all entries to montanabookco@gmail.com with the subject line “Teen Spoken Word Night” by end of day 5/10/19.

Performers will be notified of selection by 5/13/19.

Questions? Contact Chelsia at montanabookco@gmail.com
or Jaime at jaime.g@thefriendshipcenter.org.