Financial Cento Poetry Contest

Bank On WA Financial Cento Poetry Contest

A cento is a poem written using borrowed lines, like ones from the New York Times publication, Turn Articles into Poems, by Leah Umansky.  Read the article here>

In collaboration with the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP), Jump$tart Washington and the Financial Empowerment Network (FEN), youth poets residing in Washington state are invited to produce a money cento aka found poetry that focuses on the financial issues individuals and families have today.

Read articles about money, borrow the lines (credit required) from newspapers, magazines, or online articles and create a patchwork of lines, or a cento. The Jump$tart Washington Coalition will award 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention prizes to one winning youth poet in 3rd – 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade, and 9th – 12th Grade. 

  • Judge’s Award – 1st Place
    Cash Award Value $250
  • Judge’s Award – 2nd Place
    Cash Award Value $150
  • Judge’s Award – 3rd Place
    Cash Award Value $75
  • Judge’s Award – Honorable Mention
    Cash Award Value – $25

Washington youth poets should submit a photo or a pdf of their cento poem by email to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ The deadline for your cento submission is midnight on September 30, 2021.  Winners will be announced at the Bank On Washington Forum on October 19 & 20, 2021.

If you are a youth poet interested, please send an email with your intent to participate to

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