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2020 Poetry Contest deadline has been extended until May 15, 2020.

LVFSC COVID-19 Response Update

In collaboration with the Farmington Public Library with generous support from Jared Ranger from Western Maine Financial Services and the Susan and Fritz Onion Foundation, the tenth annual Franklin County Poetry Contest is now open to all residents of Franklin County.

First, second, and third place winners will be selected in each of 6 categories; Ages 0-7, 8-12, 13-17, 18-25, 26 +, and Literacy Volunteers students. First-Place winners will receive cash prizes of $25, Second-Place winners will receive 2 movie tickets to Narrow Gauge Cinemas, and Third-Place winners will receive 5 Literacy Bucks.

Winners will be announced June 8, 2020.

JUDGE BIO: Laine Kuehn graduated from Denver School of the Arts in 2010 as a Creative Writing major and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Maine in Farmington. Laine, a 2013 and 2014 intern with the Beloit Poetry Journal, serves on the steering committee for the annual Belfast Poetry Festival and currently resides in Belfast.

2019 Poetry Contest Winners and Winning Poems

LVFSC 2020 Poetry Contest FlyerClick for printable flyer and rules


To enter, submit no more than one poem by Friday, May 15, with a cover letter listing the poet’s name, category entered (see listed above), contact information, and the title of the poem(s) submitted so that poems can be read anonymously. Cover letters need not include biographical information. Only submissions which follow this criteria and are submitted by May 15 will be considered. 

All poems must be original and previously unpublished. Poems will not be returned, so please do not send originals or a SASE. Simultaneous submissions are accepted; please note on the cover letter and notify Literacy Volunteers immediately of acceptance elsewhere.

To submit entries: 

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are asking poets to make every effort to submit their poems digitally. Thank you.

Email to:

Mail to: FPL, 117 Academy St., Farmington, 04938