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“Not knowing when the dawn will come
I open every door.”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

 THE 2020 VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST: Alan Lowe, coordinator of the 16th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest, invites readers to submit up to three poems on theme. This is a contest sponsored by the Friends of the Lincoln Library, Lincoln, California, USA.

  • This competition is NOT restricted to residents of Lincoln.
  • It is open internationally.  
  • The deadline for entry is: Saturday, July 18, 2020.
  • There is no submission fee.

Alan reports five thematic categories:

  • What Do I See When I Look In The Mirror?
  • I See You In My Dreams
  • You Should Have Seen What I Saw Today
  • I See A World With Many Opportunities
  • See If I Can Make You Laugh

Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  

Young  Poets, eighteen-years or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

Last year the contest attracted 86 poets from 41 cities in thirteen states and three countries: the United States, England, and India. Poets submitted 190 poems. 37 young poets submitted 89 poems.

The top three winners in each category will be invited to read their poems on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at a Voices of Lincoln Event. Winners will also be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

This year the Friends of the Lincoln Library aim to reach an even greater audience of poets.The “Rules and Entry Form” can be downloaded HERE or HERE  or by contacting Alan directing at



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