Lake Effect National High School Poetry Contest seeks entries from grades 9-12

The bachelor of fine arts in creative writing program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, invites high school students to submit a poem to its Lake Effect National High School Poetry Competition.

Students in grades 9-12 may enter one typed poem of up to 30 lines on any topic, in any form. Poems must be the original work of the student. Three prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded.

The first-place poem also will be published in Lake Effect, Penn State Behrend’s student-edited international literary journal and the centerpiece of the B.F.A. program’s immersive, experience-based curriculum. Creative writing students work closely with faculty 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 work.

Entries must have the author’s name, street address, phone number, email address and grade printed on the top left corner; school name, street address and phone number, and a teacher’s name and email address should appear at top right. Homeschooled students can use a parent’s information. Mail entries to George Looney, B.F.A. Program Chair, Penn State Behrend, 4951 College Dr., Erie, PA 16563-1501.

Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 31. Winners will be notified by email or phone before Dec. 31.

Last Updated September 12, 2013