Friday, September 20

Poet’s Playground – Entry Form

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Are you a poet at heart? If so, we would like to see your efforts in The Tennessee Magazine’s monthly poetry contest. Please limit your poem to no more than 100 words. Your work must include a Tennessee theme. Winning poems will be printed in our November issue.

While the theme of your poem must include something Tennessee-related, including the word “Tennessee” is not required.

Age categories:
The competition has six age divisions — 8 and younger, 9–13, 14–18, 19–22, 23–64 and 65 and older. Each group will have first-, second- and third-place winners. First place wins $50 and will be printed in the magazine, second place wins $30 and third place wins $20. Poems capturing first-, second- and third-place honors will be published online at

What to enter:
A poem of 100 words or fewer pertaining to the theme. One entry per person, and please give your entry a title.

Entry must be emailed or postmarked by Monday, Sept. 23.

Please note:
By entering, you give The Tennessee Magazine permission to publish your work via print, online and social media.

Please enter online below or mail handwritten entries to:
Poetry Contest, The Tennessee Magazine, P.O. Box 100912, Nashville, TN 37224. Make sure to print your poem legibly, and be sure to keep a copy of your poem as submissions received via mail will not be returned.

All entries must include the following information, or they will be disqualified: your name, age, mailing address, phone number and the name of your electric cooperative.

  • Please enter your poem below.

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  1. Deborah Thomas on

    Hope you enjoy my poem entry Dream Canvas
    I have never seen this magazine. I received it in the mail and really found it interesting. I saw the poet’s playground and it quickly drew my interest. I have only lived in McMinnville, TN about 5 months. My house sits facing a man made lake and I love watching the nature. This inspired me to try and write a poem about what I feel here. I noticed the paintings too. Loved the entries. I also paint with acrylics. (I didn’t notice any mention of my age level to enter) hint, hint lol. I am 63 hitting 64 in October. I believe you could find some senior entry levels for art sometime. Thank you

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