Lyons Poetry in Public Places Contest


Here in Lyons, we are so fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful views and inspiring visual art. Now, the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC) is calling all area poets to submit poems inspired by a similar theme “Finding Joy and Beauty in Lyons” for its inaugural Lyons Poetry in Public Places project.

The poet, Carol Ann Duffy, writes “You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what's in your heart.” What does it mean to you, in your everyday life, in your memory, in your heart to find joy and beauty in Lyons?

Put those thoughts on paper in an artful way. LAHC members will serve as judges. Prizes will be award and poems will be selected to be exhibited on posters that will be displayed throughout the Town of Lyons.


The following are the guidelines for submission:


Applications open: March 24th, 2021
Submission deadline: May 24th, 2021 at 11:59 pm

There will be a public reading featuring the winners of the contest. Date and details to come.


The contest is for anyone within or with an affinity for the 80540 zip code, who is inspired to write about finding joy and beauty in Lyons. If this is you, you are encouraged to apply.
There are two age groups 
Adult: Ages 18 and up
Youth: Ages 9-17


Submit a manuscript of 1 to 5 typed and numbered pages of poems. Poems should address the theme “Finding Joy and Beauty in Lyons.” The theme or subject of the contest can be broadly interpreted. Ideas can range from our local parks to music. Poets can write about any aspect that subtly or overtly relates to Lyons, its history, beauty, challenges, and changes. The poem can be placed, if location is important to the poem, anywhere along or around Lyons, though Lyons doesn’t have to be cited by name. The poems can be in free verse or rhymed, in a traditional form or contemporary – the tone and style of the contest is open, although in submitting poems for the competition, poets should consider that the audience includes families and children.

Also keep in mind that each poem should be no more than 21 lines long in order to fit on posters that will be displayed in Lyons businesses.



Awards will be given to the first, second, and third place poems in the adult (18 and up) and 9-17 age category. Poems will also be chosen to be displayed on posters throughout town. You will be notified if you are among the winners and/or if your poem is chosen for a poster.


· Length: Submit 1 to5 poems, each no more than 21 lines single spaced

· Each poem must have a title or handle, even if you use “Untitled”

· Put no more than 1 poem on a page.

· Author’s name or identifying information may NOT appear on ANY page of the manuscript, but should appear on a cover page submitted separately with the poems. Please include name, phone number, and email on the cover page only so we can contact you.

· The entire manuscript must be typed (via a computer). We cannot take handwritten submissions.

Criteria for judge – Creativity and adherence to theme.


· Submissions can be dropped off at the Lyons Regional Library or through the Town of Lyons Poetry in Public Places Submission Form.

· Keep a record and copy of your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.