Lake Effect National High School Poetry Contest seeks entries

Submission deadline is Nov. 15
2017 Lake Effect Poetry Contest
Credit: Penn State

ERIE, Pa. — Poets in grades 9 through 12 are invited to enter the Lake Effect National High School Poetry Contest sponsored by the B.F.A. in creative writing degree program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Students may enter one or two typed poems of up to 30 lines, on any topic and in any form. Poems must be the original work of the student. Three prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded.

Poems should be submitted via a Word or PDF attachment emailed to [email protected]. For complete submission details, visit The deadline to submit works is 11:59 EST on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Lake Effect, an international journal of the literary arts, is edited by faculty and students at Penn State Behrend, a four-year and graduate college of Penn State. The B.F.A. program uses an immersive, experience-based curriculum in which professors work closely with students in small classes. Coursework is devoted to canonical literature, 20th- and 21st-century literature, critical theory, craft classes and seminars for reading and discussing student writing.