BlackBerry Peach Youth Mini-Festival

The BlackBerry Peach Youth Mini-Festival is a one-day event that aims to provide young poets from around the country with dedicated time and attention to expand their writing and performance skills. We bring in renowned poets, such as Ed Mabrey and Queen Sheba, to the June 2024 festival. They lead workshops and engage with the youth. 

This festival is a prime opportunity for young poets to gather, grow as writers, and build community. The Youth Mini-Festival concludes with a slam competition: Both the winner of the Youth Slam and the competitor with the “Most Inspired Poem” receive cash prizes and opportunities to publish their poetry.

About the Festival 

Friday, June 7, 2024, at the DoubleTree Hilton in Roswell, Georgia, during the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) Annual Convention and BlackBerry Peach National Poetry Slam.

Young poets from across the country are invited to participate in this free, one-day festival. They will have access to:

  • Workshops led by renowned poets
  • Lunch with NFSPS Convention attendees
  • Fun activity and fellowship time
  • Youth poetry slam (must participate in full festival day to compete)

How to Attend 

The Youth Mini-Festival aims to be free and accessible for all youth. We work each year to secure funding to provide scholarships to help youth and chaperones travel for the festival. 

More details to come on how to register for and attend the festival.

Past Winners

Full list of winners to come.