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2014 Poems in Place Call for Poems: Rules and Guidelines

1.   Poems in Place contest is open to Alaska residents 18 years and older. Poems written by Poems in Place committee members and/or judges are not eligible. Poems must be written by an Alaskan poet.

2.   Contestants may enter up to three poems total. Each submission requires a separate completed entry form. There is no cost to enter this contest.

3.   Poems may be either:

  • Original work, a poem written previously or written in response to this invitation 
  •  A nominated poem: the work of an Alaskan poet, either living or no longer living. If previously published, the title, date and publisher of the poem must be included with nominated submissions. Permission to use copyrighted poems or nominated poems will be sought by the Poems in Place committee. Permission to use the copyrighted poems must be received in a timely manner for the poem to be selected.

 4.  This will be a blind judging process, judges will not see the poet's name.

5.  Each submission entry must include the 1) date of submission 2) submitter’s name 3) poet’s name 4) poem title & 5) the name of the park where they hope the poem will be placed: either Independence Mine State Historical Park or Lake Aleknagik State Recreation Site/Wood-Tikchik State Park. Page 2: 1) Poem title, poem, and intended location only.

6.   Poems may not be longer than 24 lines 

    7. Original work published previously in any copyrighted newspaper, magazine, book or other medium is eligible if copyright permission from previous publishers is granted in advance.

    8. Please click here for entry form. We will only accept entries in digital format. Entries must be in Word format, 12 point font in easy to read typeface (Times, Arial etc)
    9. Submissions will not be returned.

    10. A panel of Alaska writers, poets, park staff and park advisors will serve as advisors and contest judges. Winners will be notified and announcements made public no later than June 15, 2014.

    11. All contestants agree to publication of their work on a sign in Independence Mine State Historical Park or Lake Aleknagik State Recreation Site/Wood-Tikchik State Park, in addition to park publications, including electronic media, publication on Alaska Center for the Book website and possible future publication in a collection of Alaskan Poems in Place. Authors retain copyright to their work and may submit their own original work elsewhere.

       12. The decisions of the judges are final. Submission indicates acceptance of all contest rules.

        13. Submissions will be accepted from January 15, 2014 until 6 PM, April 30, 2014.



$150 will be paid to the winning poet for each selected Poem in Place .

Questions about Poems in Place submissions may be e-mailed to 

We look forward to reading your poems, thank you.

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