at Whispering Pines Resort
near Rochester, Minnesota

Join us at our Blizzard retreat and write a flurry of poems! At our poetry retreats, participants each bring a short poetry program to present to the group throughout the weekend. You can spend the night or stop in for the day if you are not staying that the Whispering Pines. Details of the Blizzard Retreat are outlined in below. 

Blizzard Brochure

Richfield Nature Area Poetry Walk


Please visit our Submittable site here for all the guidelines to submit. The deadline to send your work is June 15th, 2023. Submission fees are $5 for non-league members and free to enter for members. Stop by our membership page here to sign up today!

See the results from last years contest HERE


The League of Minnesota Poets

2022 Annual Poetry Contest

Winners are in!

Congratulations to all who participated. We had a blast hearing the winning poems by attendees, so we hope you join us next year and have your name called to read your prize poems at next years Gala! Click below for the complete list of winners to see how your poems faired. Certificates and checks will be mailed off in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on your mailboxes.


The League of Minnesota Poets

John Rezmerski Memorial Manuscript Competition


Congratulations to Charles Gillispie, the winner of the inaugural John Rezmerski Memorial Manuscript Competition! A special thanks to Carol Clark Williams, this years judge for the competition. The Prize winning submission Ever Loyal to the Story will be available at our Spring conference in April. Here is the full list of awards by the judge.

FIRST PRIZE: Charles Gillispie — Ever Loyal to the Story

1st Honorable Mention: Jana Bouma — Spinning the Stone

2nd Honorable Mention: Peter Stein Pure — Land Blues

3rd Honorable Mention: Sandra Lindow — Defining Fire Physics

4th Honorable Mention: Susan Campbell — A Small Life

5th Honorable Mention: Lena Zycinsky — Dark Night, Where is Your Daughter

6th Honorable Mention: Terry Drake — Regarding Fire

7th Honorable Mention: Terry Miller — Log Entries

8th Honorable Mention: Gwen Hart — Never Be the Same

Judge: Carol Clark Williams, Pennsylvania.

Carol Clark Williams was the winner of the NFSPS, Inc. Barbara Stevens Manuscript Competition in 2022 for her book Unpacking For the Journey. She was third poet laureate of York, Pennsylvania. Her work has won state, local and national awards, and she is widely published online and in print. She is a Pushcart nominee and a rostered artist for PA’s Arts in Education Program.


Bright Light Stories in the Night is a virtual, family-friendly arts program where local celebrities — Natalia Benjamin, Guthrie Capossela, Amina Hasan, Samuel Hawkins II, Thalia Kohler, Laura Maciejko, Pasquale Presa, and Sgt. Jean Valere — will read six winning poems from that have been illustrated by local artists and incorporated into an e-chapbook. Two honorable mention poets and artists will also featured at this virtual event.

This year’s e-chapbook features local writers James Armstrong, Emilio DeGrazia, DE Green, Scott Lowery, Steven McCowan, Jean Prokott, Anne Shea, and Steven Vogel and local artists Janie Allen, Rachel Brokenicky, Muhammad Khan, Christie Nicklay, Layne Noser, Sheila Perry, Debb Peterson, and Daniel Veddamuthu.
This year’s Bright Light Stories in the Night will reach “from polestar to terra firma” – bringing us all together as we wait for the end of the winter season.
Winning poems and illustrations will also be on display at the SEMVA Gallery throughout March 2022. Join us for the exhibition opening at SEMVA on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. to meet poets and artists involved in this project. SEMVA is located at 320 S. Broadway in Rochester, MN.