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11th Annual Sidney Lanier Adult 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.

Entries are designated for Adults (18+) 

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 

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2020

Final Judge for the competition will be NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Greene.  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 at the Lanier Library on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by a reception for contestants and their friends and families. 

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