Young local writers to ‘light up’ the night in spoken word contest

Whaling Museum holds spoken word contest to celebrate historic women of the SouthCoast

NEW BEDFORD, Mass.- To celebrate Women’s History Month, “Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast,”  in partnership with the Bristol Community College Women’s Center, and the YWCA,  is inviting young people to create an original piece of writing inspired by women featured in “Lighting the Way”  for a spoken word contest to be held at the Whaling Museum on March 14, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Entries must be received by February 26. Details about the spoken word contest can be viewed at Young people aged 12 to 25 years are invited to choose one of the women profiled at as inspiration for an original piece of writing suitable for performance - a poem, song, or some combination. Entries can be submitted online at or by email to The Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass.

 “Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast” explores the historical impact of women from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds who have shaped their communities, the nation, and the world.

Whaling Museum Director of Education Christina Turner said, “‘Lighting the Way’ offers plenty of inspiration:  educators, philanthropists, abolitionists, crusaders for social justice, confectioners, investors, sister sailors, entrepreneurs, and millworkers. We hope the brilliant words of our creative young people will help illuminate the lives of these impressive women.”

Not all submissions will be chosen to be performed on March 14. A panel of judges will consider relevance, creativity, length, and originality when selecting pieces for performance. One $50 prize will be awarded in each of three age categories: 12 -14, 15 -18, and 19-25.

Media Contact: 
Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit