2020 Contest is OPEN

Submit your poems by emailing them to contest@southernmnpoets.com by Mar 1 to be eligible for this year’s Poetry Walk contest.

See submission guidelines.

2019 Poem Boards Installed

The new poem boards for 2019 were installed in the fall. See the updated Outdoor Art Map for the locations of all poem signs in Mankato and North Mankato.

2018 Poem Boards Installed

The new poem boards for 2018 were installed in October, 2018 (sorry we were so slow this year, but most will be up for two years). See the updated Outdoor Art Map for the locations of all poem signs in Mankato and North Mankato.

2018 Poems selected!

Thank you to all of the wonderful poets that submitted this year. We received poems from all over the state of Minnesota for the first time.  Below are the poems selected.  We are working on preparing the poetry sign boards for installation and will notify all when we have an installation date.

  • Ed Brekke-Kramer
    • Orange
    • Snow Yesterday
  • Nancy Cook
    • Perspective
    • haiku
  • Meredith Cook
    • Autobiography
    • Another First!
  • Kathryn Cullen
    • Cloud Cover
  • Sara Dovre Wudali
    • Untitled
  • Annette Gagliardi
    • Bulletin
    • In Defense of Fifty
  • Larry Gavin
    • Along the Minnesota River
    • Moored
  • Deborah Goschy
    • [sound of a motorboat]
    • [robin eggs]
    • Bubbled
  • Derek Liebertz
    • “Is it war or just a chore?”
  • Jim Muyres
    • Sauntering
  • Dawn Schaefer
    • Untitled
  • Peter Stein
    • Perseid Meteor Shower
    • Living Will
  • Mary Schmidt
    • Frozen in Daylight
    • Untitled haiku

2018 Contest is open. Deadline (midnight, Saturday July 21)

New this year, we are opening up submissions to any Minnesota poet!

See the Submission page for more information.

We need sponsors to offset the cost to print the signs.  (we’re volunteers doing this for the heck of it) Get visibility on trails and parks all around Mankato and North Mankato for a year.

We want to offer sponsorships that are affordable for small and larger organizations.  You can be a premium sponsor and be the only logo on the sign or you can be a shared sponsor with one or two other logos (there are three logos on each sign now).  And you can sponsor 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 signs.

Contact us at contest@southernmnpoets.org for more information.

August 6, 2017 – Signs have been installed.

Just before the rain arrived, we were able to install all 28 of our new 2017 poetry signs! See all of the poems here, including their GPS coordinates. Just click on the coordinates to see where the sign is located or type them into Google or your cell phone mapping system. We’ll be sharing photos of the new signs on our Facebook and Instagram page shortly, so please check there and share!

June 6, 2017 – Sign installation update.

Summer has arrived! The 2017 Mankato Poetry Walk & Ride signs are in progress. We’re working diligently on prepping and printing the signs, having the holes drilled, and will be doing everything in our power to have them installed by July 1 so that they’re up around town for 4th of July festivities. Once the signs are installed we will be sending out a press release to local media outlets and are coordinating some kind of ride or walk with our friends at Key City Bike (possibly towards the end of summer or fall when the weather is a little cooler). We’ll be sure to keep you posted with updates as the project progresses. You can also follow our Facebook page for updates!

January 18, 2017 – Submissions now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted poems for the 2017 Mankato Poetry Walk & Ride. We received over 30 submissions and more than 70 different poems! We’ll be waiting a few more days to make sure we have any submission that were postmarked on January 16th and then we will hand things off to our judges. All writers will be contracted by March 23rd. We will be posting the deadline for 2018 submissions shortly. Thanks again for your support of community art and poetry!

November 11, 2016 – Welcome to the new website for the Mankato Poetry Walk & Ride!

There’s a lot of good stuff here, so take some time to poke around the site. Many thanks to VoyageurWeb for the nice setup. We’re also pleased to announce that we’re open for submissions through January 16th, 2017. You don’t have to be a “poet” to submit your writing. As long as you live within a 75-mile radius around Mankato, Minnesota, you’re eligible to submit poems. Your work will be considered for publication on one of the 41 signs located around Mankato and North Mankato. Visit our submission guidelines page to learn more about how to send us your writing. We’d love your help spreading the word about Mankato Poetry Walk & Ride, so please like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram, where we’ll be posting pictures of each of the currently installed poems around town.