Area poets are invited to submit an original poem for a chance at recognition in Wadena during National Poetry Month in April. A panel will select between 10 to 15 poems to read aloud at noon Thursday, April 16, during a Minnesota Voices event at the Wadena County Museum.

Poems should be no more than 30 lines and may be in any form: rhymed, free verse, prose, rap or others. The poem may have been previously published. Selected poets will be invited to read their poem at the event, but entrants are not required to be present in order to be selected and may elect to have the poem read by a member of the panel.

Submissions should include name, address, email, poem title and the complete text of the poem, and whether the person plans to attend.

To be eligible, submissions must be postmarked or received by Wednesday, April 1. Poems may be submitted via email to or by mail to: Wadena County Historical Society, 603 Jefferson St. N., Wadena, MN 56482. For more information contact the Wadena County Historical Society at 218-631-9079.