Paper Gardens is a writing contest, book and celebration sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, a non-profit organization. This will be our 25th year of celebrating excellence in writing by children, youth and adults from across Yamhill County.
Materials about Paper Gardens are distributed to schools, libraries, community organizations and bookstores in the fall and entries will be due March 1st. In 2017 we received 470 student entries representing 29 schools, both public and private, and we expect increased participation this year. The judges, one for poetry and one for prose, select the best works for publication in the Paper Gardens Book. There are 2 categories for prose (non-fiction and fiction) and 4 for poetry (traditional, free verse, haiku and poetry of place/Yamhill County). We are delighted that our judges this year are Dr. Barbara Drake for Poetry and Lisa Ohlen-Harris for Prose. Rotary Club funding will be used specifically for the $300 honorarium for our poetry judge.