2022-3 Exhibit Boards Are (Mostly) Up

Five new poems were put up in May and another seven were installed in June.  See pictures on our Facebook page.

The online map has been updated with the new poem names and authors and the audio system where you can call and hear the poem is 99% updated.

We have two poems waiting to be installed – Kasota Prairie (38 along the MN River) and Twinkling Air and Transformation (41 at the North Mankato Library).  One has a wasp presence, so we are waiting to them to be removed, the other needs new holes drilled in the sign to fit the post holes. We’ll work to have them up as soon as possible.

Contest is ALWAYS OPEN

Submit your poems by emailing them to contest@southernmnpoets.com anytime. Each year on March 1st, all submitted poems are collected and are sent to judges for that year’s Poetry Walk contest.

See submission guidelines.

  • 2022 Poem boards installed May/June, 2023
  • 2021 Poem boards installed November, 2021
  • 2020 Poem boards installed October, 2020
  • 2019 Poem boards installed September, 2019
  • 2018 Poem boards installed October, 2018
  • 2017 Poem boards installed August, 2017
  • 2016 Poem boards installed October, 2016

See the Outdoor Art Map for the locations of all poem signs in Mankato and North Mankato. This map is updated as we install new signs each year.


Get visibility on trails and parks all around Mankato and North Mankato for three years!

Premium – large logo on all signs installed each year for two years. 15-20 signs installed each year (out of about 40 total signs). Cost is $1200 for all three years.

Your presence will be on the trails/parks for three years.

  • Half of the signs in year one
  • All of the signs in year two
  • Half of the signs in year three

Regular – smaller logo on all signs installed each year for two years. Same as above, this means your logo is on the trails/parks for 3 years. Cost: $600 for all three years.

Small business – smaller logo on all signs installed for one year. You will be on 15 to 20 signs, they usually remain up for two years each. Cost: $300

Individual – our thanks on social media and eternal gratitude for helping support the written arts in the Mankato area. Cost: whatever amount you are willing to send.

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