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There are presently no open calls for submissions.

12th Annual Sidney Lanier Poetry Competition 

The Sidney Lanier Poetry Competition is open to any poets nationwide, except for members of the Lanier Library Staff, its Board of Directors, or competition judges.

Previously published poems are not eligible for the competition.

There are two categories for entries: Adults (18+) and Middle/High School Students (13-18)

There is an entry fee of $15 per poem (adults) and $5 (students). Multiple submissions are acceptable; competitors may submit up to 5 poems, accompanied by the $15 or $5 entry fee per poem.

Poems are to be typed in 12-point font (single spaced) and may not exceed 40 lines.  More information can be found on the library's website at 

Prizes will be awarded as follows: 


1st place: $500

2nd place: $250

3rd place: $100


1st place: $100

2nd place: $75

3rd place: $50

The deadline for entries is February 14, 2021.

Competition finalists will be notified by phone or email at least two weeks prior to the Award Ceremony.

The Award Ceremony for the competition will be held virtually on April 22 at 6 pm. 

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