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2024 Poetry Contest
An Open Door

Poetry Contest Rules

  1. The Lake Country Journal Poetry Contest is co-sponsored by the Verse Like Water visiting poetry program of Central Lakes College and is open to everyone. You don’t need to live in Lake Country or be a subscriber.  

  2. The theme for the contest is An Open Door

  3. Poems must be original to the author, no longer than 40 lines (including blank lines between verses). Previously published poems are not allowed

  4. Each person may submit only one poem, and only poems submitted via this form are eligible. Include your name only in the fields specified. Do not identify yourself on the document alongside your poem. 

  5. Poems constructed with the help of AI will be disqualified. 

  6. Deadline is May 31, 2024 by 11:59 pm CST. Winners will be published in the October/November 2024 issue of Lake Country Journal.  

  7. To be complete, your entry form must include a headshot of yourself and a bio of up to 30 words. These will be published alongside your poem if it is among those selected by the judges. 

  8. Winners will be notified on October 1, 2024, and will be invited to read their poems at a celebration event to be held at Central Lakes College in October of 2024 (specific date and time TBD). 

  9. Cash prizes will be awarded (1st: $200, 2nd: $150, 3rd: $100, Honorable Mention: $25 x 2).

  10. By submitting a poem to this contest, you are giving Lake Country Journal first-time North American rights to print your poem.

To submit your poem, bio, and photo click on link below.

Deadline for entries is May, 31, 2024 by 11:59 pm CST.

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