International Crane Foundation


Poetry in the Prairie Competition

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Poetry on the Prairie

Calling all poets! 

This year, the International Crane Foundation has chosen poetry to share our passion for cranes and the places they dance. We invite you to share your very best work by entering our Poetry in the Prairie competition. All poetic forms, from Haiku, Limerick, and Free Verse to Ode and Fable will be welcome in celebration of our favorite birds and the wild places they need to thrive.

Poets may enter one poem in either the Haiku category or Poet’s Choice (one Haiku or one Poet’s Choice). Entries will be accepted in the following levels:

Grades 3-6, Grades 7-9, Grades 10-12, and Adults.

Entries will be judged by Karla Huston, Poet Laureate of Wisconsin; Julie Zickefoose, author and artist; and James Blackburn, environmental lawyer and poet. In addition, our Facebook followers will have the opportunity to vote for one “People’s Choice” award from all submitted entries. Each winner will receive an Individual Membership from the International Crane Foundation and a signed copy of The Quality of Cranes, by International Crane Foundation Librarian, Betsy Didrickson. Winning poems will be printed on panels to be exhibited throughout our exhibit areas and trails through October 31, 2017.

To Apply: All submissions must be in a Microsoft Word document and be no longer than one page, 10 pt. type, double-spaced. Poems should be about cranes, prairies, or wetlands. Please email to submit your best poem.

Entries will be accepted through midnight Central Time, May 31, 2017.

If you have any questions, please email

This project is funded in part, by a grant from Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts & Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.