The Michigan Poet GLCL Benefit Contest

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Ends on December 1, 2017

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Proceeds go to support The Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters, a literary non-profit in Grand Rapids, MI. The winning poem will be featured on a special edition Michigan Poet broadside. The winning poet will be invited as the guest of honor at a benefit reading at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, MI with guest judge Robert Fanning, and take home a cash prize of $500.


Entry fees are set in intervals of $10. Submit poems no longer than 25 lines. No previously published work or simultaneous submissions. Submit all poems in a single document. This contest is being judged blind. Do not include your name in the file you upload for your submission. Poets are encouraged to consider the broadside medium when submitting their work. Poets will be expected to pay their own travel expenses to attend the reading in their honor (Grand Rapids, MI) Poets who do not wish to attend the reading may still submit work. If a poet chooses not to attend, the winning poem will be read by the guest judge Robert Fanning.

Normally, The Michigan Poet only considers work from poets living at least half the year in Michigan. However, as this contest is a fund raiser, we *will* accept submissions from poets living anywhere in the world for this contest. Submit carefully – no refunds will be issued.

About our guest judge:

Robert Fanning is the author of six poetry collections, including four full-length collections: Severance(Salmon Poetry, Ireland. Forthcoming, 2019), Our Sudden Museum (Salmon Poetry, Ireland. 2017),American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), and The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (Three Bee Press. 2016), and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award, 2001). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor on NPR, and Fanning was interviewed at the Library of Congress for the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Poet and the Poem.” A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is also the founder and facilitator of theWellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI., where he lives with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children.

Additionally, we’ve had the pleasure of previously collaborating with Robert. His warmth and energy embody both the power of poetry as well as the heart of community. The Michigan Poet believes his voice and actions are exemplary and rings true with our mission.

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