Announcing the Fourth Annual Yule Love It Lavender Farm & Letters Poetry Contest

Fourth Annual Yule Love It Lavender Farm & Letters Poetry Contest Call for Entries

A man on a bench pets a dog in a backyard setting

My relationship with nature in my own backyard


My relationship with nature in my own backyard.


  • Open to adults, one poem per person
  • Poem must relate to the theme and general audience
  • Poetry of any form
  • 30 line limit
  • Printed in Times New Roman 12 pt. font. Please DO NOT include your name on the poem. This will disqualify your entry.
  • With your printed poem, include an index card with your PRINTED name, poem title, address, email, and phone number.
  • Mail to: Poetry Contest, PO Box 61, Lakeville, MI 48366
  • Deadline: Postmarked no later than Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Winners will be notified via phone by June 14, Flag Day
  • Winners’ poetry will be published on and in the Tri-City Times newspaper
  • Awards will be mailed to the address on the index card 


  • First Place: $150
  • Second Place: $100
  • Third Place: $75


Mary Jo Firth Gillett’s poetry collection, Soluble Fish, won the Crab Orchard Series First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press) and she’s also published four award-winning chapbooks, most recently Dance Like a Flame (Hill-Stead Sunken Garden Poetry Award). Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, New Ohio Review, Harvard Review, Salamander, Michigan Quarterly Review, Green Mountains Review, Third Coast, and other journals as well as the Verse Daily and Poetry Daily websites. She’s won the N.Y. Open Voice Poetry Award and a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts. Her MFA is from Vermont College.


Iris Lee Underwood is a local author who lives in Addison Township with her husband, two cats, and four hens. She is a graduate of Oakland University. For twelve years she taught journal writing and creative writing classes for local libraries and every Borders store in the Metro Detroit area. Meanwhile, she wrote profiles and features for the Oxford Leader, Oakland Press, Detroit NewsTri-City Times, and more.

Yule Love It Lavender Farm

From 2004-2014, Iris operated Yule Love It Lavender Farm and served the local and distant public lavender infused foods and a host of agricultural, sustainability, and literary workshops. She writes an award winning weekly column titled “Honest Living” for the Tri-City Times in Imlay City, Michigan. Poetry is her first love with poems published in The MacGuffin, Farming, Mary Jane’s Farm, and Woods and Waters magazines. Her poetry won prizes in the Writer’s Digest Annual Competition 2010. Last July, Iris published her first novel titled The Mantle.

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