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National Poetry Month 2023

This guide will provide information on poetry and events for National Poetry Month

Undergrad Poetry Contest

The Mississippi State University Libraries will hold its Fourth Annual Poetry Contest for Undergraduates as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.  Undergraduates are invited to submit a poem by March 1, 2023 to the Libraries Poetry Month Committee (  You may also email with any questions.

Winners will be announced on April 3, 2023.  Stay tuned for more details.


First Prize:

$100 + Leather wrap journal from Ox & Pine combined with a subscription to The Kenyon Review

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Second Prize:

$75 combined with a Leather wrap journal from Ox & Pine and a copy of The Tradition by Jericho Brown from Copper Canyon Press.

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Third Prize:

$50  - combined with a collection of poetry from FourWay Books

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Rules for Poetry Contest:

  • Deadline for submissions by March 1, 2023 by 11:59 pm
  • Only undergraduates at Mississippi State University are eligible to enter
  • All poems submitted should be original and unpublished
  • No more than 80 lines a poem
  • 1 poem per person
  • All entries should be submitted to Libraries Poetry Month Committee ( )
    • Label email with the subject line “MSU Poetry Contest 2023 Entry”
    • Submit poem in a Microsoft Word document  (Google Documents or PDF's will not be accepted and disqualified from entry)
    • Attached signed release form for publication in The Streetcar 

Poems will be judged through a blind process.

Winners will be announced on April 3.