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Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics

What is Poets’ Night Out?

Poets’ Night Out is an annual juried poetry contest and poetry reading event.

When and Where is Poets’ Night Out?

The Twenty-Second Annual Poets’ Night Out will be held Sunday April 7, 2019 at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City, MI.

Submitting Poetry

How can I submit my poetry to Poets’ Night Out?

Please see How to Submit.

Am I eligible to submit poetry for Poets’ Night Out?

Poets must live in, own property in, or attend school in Alcona, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, or Wexford counties to enter.

Can I pay the entry fee more than once in order to submit more than the maximum number of poems per person?


I have a poem that has been previously published. Can I still submit this poem to Poets’ Night Out?

Yes! You may submit any of your original works, even if the poem has been published previously elsewhere.

Classroom-specific Questions

Is there any way that a student in my classroom can submit more than one poem?

Yes. In addition to the one poem included in your classroom submission, any student may submit poetry as an individual. The registration fee for the student’s individual submission would be $5.00. More information on individual submissions can be found in How to Submit.

If you have a question that is not answered here or in How to Submit, please e-mail or call the library at 231-932-8502. Thanks!