Corvus Humphries Anti-Violence Poetry Contest

Corvus Humphries was a 2015 graduate of Innovations High School. He was an active member of the Innovations Poetry Team while he was a student, and continued to be active in the Chicago poetry and hip hop communities after graduation. He was an innocent bystander in a shooting that occurred on October 2nd, 2016, while on his way home from work, and tragically passed away. The Innovations High School community has lost many students, graduates, friends, and family members to gun violence over the years. Holding this yearly contest will be one way for us to celebrate the lives of Corvus and other victims of gun violence. We hope that this contest helps students to grieve, memorialize and heal, but most importantly helps them speak out against gun violence in their communities.

CONTEST GUIDELINES

Critic’s Choice Award--$150 Prize

    • Contest is open to any current Innovations High School student or alumni
    • Poems will be judged by a panel of Innovations High School staff members
    • Poems will be evaluated on style, originality, effectiveness of message, and conventions. See the rubric here.
    • Students can submit entries between March 20th and April 24th
    • The Critic’s Choice and Spoken Word awards will be awarded to two different students or group of students.

Spoken Word Award--$150 (award will be decided at IHS assembly on April 28th)

    • Contest is open to any current Innovations High School student or alumni
    • Poems will be evaluated on style, originality, effectiveness of message, delivery, and audience engagement.
    • Spoken word poems cannot exceed 3 minutes in length. Penalties will begin at 3:10, with a .5 point deduction for every ten seconds overtime. Poets will be asked to leave the stage if they reach 4:10.
    • Spoken word performances cannot include props, costumes or musical accompaniment.
    • The Critic’s Choice and Spoken Word awards will be awarded to two different students
    • All entries must be shared on Google Docs to the address innovationschicago@gmail.com

Social Media Contest Award (most likes on original Facebook post)--$150

    • Contest is open to any current Innovations High School student or alumni
    • Starting April 1st (once entries are approved by the committee), students can post entries on Facebook for the Social Media contest, which will run through April 27th
    • Social Media winner will be announced at the April 28th assembly at IHS
    • Any approved entry can win social media award (doesn’t need to be Critic’s Choice Award winner or Spoken Word winner, but it can be one of those)
    • Award will be given to the approved entry with the most “likes” or “loves” on the original Facebook post (we cannot count likes on shared posts)
    • All entries must be shared on Google Docs to the address innovationschicago@gmail.com. Further instructions for posting to Facebook will be given once the poem is approved.

ALL ENTRIES MUST FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES BELOW:

    • Poem must be at least 90% original writing (poem can include quotes or literary allusions)
    • Topics should focus on peace/anti-violence. Poems advocating any acts of violence will be disqualified.
    • Poems containing profane language will not be considered.
    • Content matter must be PG-13; content should not include excessive violence, sexually explicit content and/or language degrading any group of people.
    • Two students may contribute to and enter the contest with one entry, but must share the monetary award if that entry wins.
    • All entries must be shared on Google Docs to the address innovationschicago@gmail.com


For more information about Corvus Humphries, visit http://corvushumphries.org/. PLEASE SEE MRS. COTIRLA WITH ANY QUESTIONS, OR EMAIL innovationschicago@gmail.com.