Friday, April 4, 2014

I recently met Robert Coughlin at the poetry series Words and Wine in Painesville, Ohio.  He and series emcee Margie DeLong have asked me to get the word out about this poetry competition.

The 27th Annual
Poetry Competition
For Students and Community Members

Category 1 – High School Students
        1st prize -- $40       
        2nd prize -- $25
        3rd prize -- $20

Category 2 – Lakeland Students
        1st prize -- $40       
        2nd prize -- $25
        3rd prize -- $20

Category 3 – General Public
        1st prize -- $40       
        2nd prize -- $25
        3rd prize -- $20

·        There will be a $5.00 fee with your entry, payable to Lakeland Community College.
·        Submissions will be accepted until Friday, April 18, 2014.
·        Prizes and certificates will be presented at the awards ceremony at the Lakeland Library, C-3051, 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
·        Winners will be invited to read their work at the awards ceremony.
·        Winning poems will be published, with your permission, on the internet.

Each entrant will submit 1 to 3 poems to one category. No single poem should be longer than 2 typed pages. Entrants should include a separate sheet with name, address, phone, category, and titles of the poems. No personal information should appear on the poems themselves. Manuscripts will be returned if entrants supply a self-addressed stamped envelope. The competition is not open to Lakeland employees, but family members are welcome to submit.

This year’s judge is John Repp, the award-winning poet, fiction writer, and essayist from Erie, Pennsylvania. His web site is:


Prof. Robert M. Coughlin  B-2051
Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, Ohio 44094-5198

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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau