League of Minnesota Poets

2022 Annual Poetry Contest

The League of Minnesota Poets 2022 Annual Poetry Contest is now taking submissions! CLICK HERE to see all the categories we have this year. All prize monies are generously donated to the League of Minnesota by the listed sponsors. If you submit by email, please pay through our shop via the button links below.

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John Rezmerski Memorial Manuscript Competition

ENTRY FEE: League of Minnesota Poets Non-Members $25.00 fee. Submit your manuscript through SUBMITTABLE HERE
WHAT: A poetry manuscript to be a minimum of 40 pages to a maximum of 60 pages,
with index, and dedication page. Poems within the manuscript may be previously published. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously, no identifying marks within the submitted manuscript.
An acknowledgements page will be added to winning manuscript.
PRIZE: One winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.00 and publication. Winner will also receive 20 free copies of their book, League of Minnesota Poets will sell published books.
Honorable mentions will be noted at the Judge’s discretion.
DEADLINE: August 31st, 2022, postmarked or entered in Submittable.
Winner will be announced at League of Minnesota Poets 2022 Fall meeting and posted online at the League website (https://www.mnpoets.org) after the meeting.
Publication and reading by winning manuscript will be at the following League of Minnesota Poets’ Spring meeting.

The 34th Annual Woodtick Poetry Retreat

We will be back at the cabin for poetry this summer! Join us July 14th to July 17th in Merrifield Minnesota for a weekend of poetry writing, reading, and programs. What are our poetry retreats all about?  CLICK HERE for all the details. To RSVP, please contact Sue Chambers at schambersmediator(at)yahoo[dot]com.

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, 2022. League membership is required to enter. Stop by our membership page here to sign up today!


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.