2018 Lake Effect High School Poetry Competition

2018 Lake Effect High School Poetry Competition

2018 Lake Effect Poetry Contest

2018 Poetry Contest Art

The Lake Effect National Poetry Contest is presented by the BFA in Creative Writing program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, one of the premier programs of its kind in the country, invites high school students across the nation to submit poems to the 2018 Lake Effect National High School Poetry Competition.

Lake Effect, an international journal of the literary arts, is edited by faculty and students at Behrend, many of whom are working toward the B.F.A. in Creative Writing. The B.F.A. program is designed to immerse students in an experience-based curriculum in which professors work closely with students in small classes. Coursework is devoted to the study of literature and craft, and the program's Smith Creative Writing Readers Series gives students the opportunity to engage renowned visiting writers in person. Workshop classes where student work is read and discussed are central to the program. For the B.F.A. senior thesis project, students work one-on-one with a faculty member in completing book-length manuscripts.

Lake Effect Poetry Contest Submission Guidelines

Students in grades 9–12 may enter up to two typed poems on any topic and in any form. The poems must be the original work of the student.

$300 First Prize
$200 Second Prize
$100 Third Prize

Authors of the top twenty poems will receive a complimentary copy of Lake Effect.

Submit your poems via our online submissions portal. The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 15.

Winners will be notified by email or phone before February 28, 2019. Contest results will be posted on this page in March 2019.

The Lake Effect High School Poetry Contest is made possible by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend and by Penn State Barnes & Noble University Bookstores.