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What to submit: Students will submit up to three of their best poems that somehow relate to the overarching theme "growing up in South Dakota." We don't mean for this to be too restrictive, so write about what you are thinking about and feeling, but we also want some relation to life here in particular. The poems need not be autobiographical though.

Who can submit: Middle school and high school students in South Dakota.

Judging: Judging will be conducted by members of the South Dakota State Poetry Society board.

Awards: Middle school and high school submissions will be divided to be judged. The prizes are as following: $100 for first, $75 for second, and $50 for third in both categories. There is also a possibility of one or two honorable mentions. Winning students will receive a check in the mail. The winning poems will be published to our blog page.

How to submit: Submission is free. Students can either make a submittable account and submit through that (see link below), or they can submit to our PO box (SDSPS / PO Box 8251 / Brookings, SD 57006), whichever way is easier. In either case, students must include an adult's (parent, teacher, caregiver) statement and signature that the work is the student's original work and that if selected, the work can be published to our website.

Other submission details: Include your name, school, and grade on each page of poetry you submit, whether online or via the mail. In the cover letter textbox on submittable, include a physical address.

Deadline to submit: Submissions will be open August 1, 2021 - November 15, 2021. (If mailing in your submission, the entry should be postmarked by the deadline.)

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