• You must be a resident of Saint Paul to enter. All residents—young or old, professional writers or amateur— are eligible. Past winners are not eligible. Past honorable mention recipients are eligible to enter again.
  • Submit up to two poems. Text and subject matter must be appropriate for the general public.  Poems must be in English.
  • Poems cannot exceed 10 lines, 44 characters per line including spaces, and an overall total of 250 characters including spaces.
  • Poems must be original work by the entrant and can be previously published or unpublished.
  • All entries are reviewed by a panel in a blind selection process.
  • Up to five selected poets will receive a $100 prize and installation of their poems in city sidewalks. Poets’ names will be credited on the project website, not in the sidewalk. Some selected poems may receive editing suggestions from the panel.
  • Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 16 at midnight. Winners will be announced on November 17 at Readings by Writers at the University Club on Summit Avenue, and on November 18 at
  • Entries are accepted online only. A $3 entry fee is required at the end of this submission process.
  • If submitting on behalf of a school group, please review the online submission form well in advance for additional instructions. Entry fees are waived for school groups.

For questions, please contact Dave Hunt at 651-266-6134 or JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING . Assistance by phone is available only until 4pm on October 16th.

If you are ready, you may start your submissions process now - GOOD LUCK!

Are you submitting as an individual or as a representative of a school group?


The 2015 Contest is now closed, thank you for your poetry!