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Entries invited for UW-Eau Claire Centennial Poetry Competition

| Julie Poquette

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students, current and emeriti faculty, alumni and residents of the greater Chippewa Valley are invited to submit their original poems on the theme “Reflections on Education” for the UW-Eau Claire Centennial Poetry Competition.

The competition theme was selected as UW-Eau Claire celebrates 100 years as an educational institution benefitting the people of Wisconsin. The university’s centennial celebration runs through the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

Max Garland, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of English, writer in residence for the city of Eau Claire and former Wisconsin poet laureate, will serve as the Centennial Poetry Competition judge. Judging will be done using a process in which authors' names are removed from the entries before review.

The UW-Eau Claire Centennial Poetry Competition is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, English Department and McIntyre Library.

Competition prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, $1,000; second place, $500; third place, $250. Honorable mentions also will be selected.

Winners will be announced and are expected to read their poems at the 2017 Frederick G. and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Celebration of American Poetry, to be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Dakota Ballroom of UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center. A reception will follow the event.

Supplemental travel assistance to the event may be available for prize winners.

Entries for the poetry competition are limited to one per person and can be submitted vie email or U.S. mail:

  • Send email submissions to with “Centennial Poetry Competition” in the subject line.
  • Send submissions via U.S. mail to the UW-Eau Claire English Department, P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004.

Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by Dec. 31, 2016.

For more information about the UW-Eau Claire Centennial Poetry Competition, contact Greg Kocken at