Vermont Arts Council

2023 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest

The 19th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially began in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month. The theme of this year’s contest is “The Five Ws Of Life: Who? What? Where? When? Why? . . . Discover The Answers Through Poetry.” The five (5) new contest categories include the following: “Who” Is The Most Important Person In Your Life?   “What” Is Your Most Cherished Memory?   “Where” Do You Want To Be Tomorrow?   “When” Did You Do Something That Made A Difference In Someone’s Life?   “Why” Should You Never Stop Dreaming? Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. There is no entry fee. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. Winners will receive a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

The “Rules and Entry Form” can be downloaded from the following blog: All poems must be received no later than Thursday, July 20, 2023, at the address on the Entry Form.

The Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest is presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln.