ASA Announces 8th Arthur Halvajian Memorial Armenian Poetry Competition


PROVIDENCE, R.I. —The Armenian Students Association, Inc. announces the start of its 8th annual poetry competition. As in the past years, the ASA, Inc. is partnering with the Armenian Poetry Project for the writing competition named in memory of Arthur Halvajian, a trustee who led its board in sponsoring the first competition.

“In the past, we have enjoyed reading about the winning entries and look forward to reaching out to even more communities in North America” said Alice Movsesian, a member of the ASA, Inc. Board of Trustees as well as its liaison to the competition’s organizing committee.

ASA National Board Vice President M. Manoog Kaprielian, a staunch supporter of poetry, believes in its power to heal communities and individuals who have settled throughout the United States and Canada.

The Armenian Poetry Project, led by poet Lola Koundakjian, is a research and documentation site for 19th to 21st century Armenian poems and related topics. Currently containing over 3000 poems, it celebrated its 12th anniversary in April.

APP has a worldwide following and releases poems through RSS feeds, Twitter and podcasting.


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All individuals of Armenian descent, residing in the United States and Canada are invited to submit their work, in English or Armenian for the competition.

Poems must be original, unpublished and not accepted for publication.

They should be written in English or Armenian and not exceed 50 lines.

Only one original unpublished poem per individual may be submitted.

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2018; winners will be announced by the jury in December 2018.

Entries should be e-mailed by November 1, 2018 to with the subject heading “Halvajian ASA/APP Poetry competition.”

The competition groups submissions into three categories; students (ages 12-17), college age (ages 18-22), and adult (ages 23 and older).

A top prize will be awarded for each of the categories in the amounts of $75 (students), $125 (college age), and $300 (adult).

Each poem submitted by students must be accompanied by the author’s full name, age, home address/telephone number, school name and sponsoring teacher’s telephone number.

College and adults only add age and contact information.

To learn more about the Armenian Poetry Project visiting




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