Poetry Contest

The Fourth Annual Yule Love It Lavender Farm Poetry Contest

Theme: My relationship with nature in my own backyard. 


Mary Jo Firth Gillett's poetry collection, Soluble Fish, won the Crab Orchard Series First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press). She's also published four award-winning chapbooks, most recently Dance Like a Flame (Hill-Stead Sunken Garden Poetry Award). Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, New Ohio Review, Harvard Review, Salamander, Michigan Quarterly Review, Green Mountains Review, Third Coast, and other journals as well as the Verse Daily and Poetry Daily websites. She's won the N.Y. Open Voice Poetry Award and a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts.
Her MFA is from Vermont College.


  • Open to adults, one poem per person
  • Poem must relate to the theme and be suitable for a general audience
  • Poetry of any form
  • 30 line limit
  • Printed in Times New Roman 12 pt font. Please DO NOT include your name on the poem. This will disqualify your entry.
  • With your printed poem, include an index card with your PRINTED name, poem title, address, email, and phone number. 
  • Mail to: Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 61, Lakeville, MI 48366
  • Deadline: Postmarked no later than Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Winners will be notified via phone by June 14, Flag Day
  • Winners' poetry will be published on yuleloveitlavenderfarm.com and in the Tri-City Times newspaper
  • Awards will be mailed to the address on the index card


First Place: $150
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $75