Lake Effect National High School Poetry Competition seeks entries

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ERIE, Pa. — Poets in grades 9 through 12 are invited to enter the Lake Effect National High School Poetry Competition sponsored by the bachelor of fine arts in creative writing degree program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Students may enter one or two typed poems 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.

Complete competition details and the submission portal can be found at The deadline to submit works is 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 15; winners will be announced in March 2019.

More than 2,000 entries were received for the 2017 Lake Effect National Poetry Competition. The winning poems by Qingying "Susan" Li of Hamilton, New Jersey; Alan Tu of Pittsford, New York; and Hannah G. Bentley, of Mequon, Wisconsin, can be read at

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 bachelor of fine arts 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. Learn more at