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Win up to $500 and have your poem featured in Lakewold Gardens from February through September!

Submission guidelines:

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Entry Requirements

Poets of all ages are encouraged to participate. Garden Poets must be WA state residents and be able to be present at Lakewold Gardens to record their poems and have headshot photos taken on January 22nd.

Submission Deadline: January 6, 2023

2023 Garden Poets will be announced on

January 13, 2023

The Prize

Ten winning Winter Poets will be announced on January 13th. All Winter Poets will get to choose an area in the garden to have their poem recording featured throughout the year along with a Friends & Family Membership to Lakewold Gardens. The top 6 entries will receive an honorarium with three 3rd place winners awarded $300, two 2nd place winners receiving $400, and one 1st place winner receiving the grand prize of $500.

Poets receive a professional sound recording of their poem, a professional headshot, their own page on our website, and are featured during Poetry in the Gardens LitFest in February. Garden Poets' will have their poems featured throughout the grounds of Lakewold Gardens from February through September.


Get Ready for LitFest!

Lakewold Gardens is preparing to host the next cohort of Garden Poets to be featured in the gardens from February through September 2023. Garden Poets build community while sharing their work during LitFest over the weekend of February 3rd & 4th. Meet your fellow poets, have your work professionally recorded, and read your poems during the two-day open mic event featuring the 10 winning Garden Poets, creative writing workshops, and book-signings with local poets and authors!

Tickets Available January 6th!

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Lakewold Gardens | 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest, Lakewood, WA 98499

Mailing Address | Post Office Box 39780, Lakewood, WA 98496

Phone | 253-584-4106

Spring/Summer/Fall Hours | 10 am to 5 pm Wed - Sun

Winter Hours (Nov - Mar) | 10 am to 4 pm Fri - Sun

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