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The South Dakota Poet Laureate seeks submissions of poems by South Dakotans about people, landscapes, and cultural life of our state for South Dakota in Poems: An Anthology. Submissions will also be considered for publication on the South Dakota State Poetry Society’s website: sdpoetry.org

Submission Criteria: 

· Poems should speak to cultural life in South Dakota: histories, people, places, landscapes, traditions, languages, habits, attitudes, etc. 

· Author should have strong ties to South Dakota: If you are not a current resident, you must have lived in South Dakota for at least five years. Please note this in your submission bio. 

· Unpublished/retained rights: These poems may be previously published, but you need to retain the rights or attain permission for republishing.

Selection Criteria: 

1. Accessibility and depth.

2. Excellence in craft.  

3. Cultural significance of subject or theme.

4. Residency: Author lives in South Dakota or has strong residential ties to the state (five years minimum). 

5. Contributes to the anthology which, holistically, reflects the diverse voices of our state. 

Directions: 

· Submit 1-3 poems in one Word document (.docx or .doc) to (submittable link)

· In your cover letter, write a brief, third-person bio (75 words or less) that states your strong South Dakota connection. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.