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DEADLINE: August 31, 2023, midnight. 

WHAT: A poetry manuscript to be a minimum of 40 pages to a maximum of 60 pages, including any table of contents  No pictures, illustrations, or borders. Submit using docx or word, no PDF.

Poems within the manuscript may be previously published.  Simultaneous submissions permitted but must notify if manuscript wins elsewhere. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously; your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript and there should be no identifying marks within the submitted manuscript. 

Do NOT include acknowledgements or dedication page. Dedications and acknowledgements page will be added to winning manuscript. 


  • One winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.00 and publication. Honorable mentions will be noted at the Judge’s discretion.
  • Winner will also receive 20 free copies of their book; League of Minnesota Poets will sell additional published books.
  • Winner will be announced at League of Minnesota Poets 2023 Fall meeting and posted after the meeting online at the League website (https://www.mnpoets.org). Publication and reading by winning manuscript will be at the following League of Minnesota Poets' Spring meeting. First place winners will not be eligible to compete in the year following their win.

ENTRY FEE: (click links to pay)
League of Minnesota Poets Members $15.00
Non-members $25.00

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