Local authors published in the 2006 magazine will be invited to read their work. Immediately after the authors' reading will be a poetry slam, a competition for poets, with prizes awarded. Slam poets should bring at least three poems if they plan to participate.
The entire event is free and open to the general public. Copies of the magazine will be available for sale.
Some of the local writers and artists published in the VLP 2006 magazine include Barb Baker, John Banasiak, Phillip Block, Ken Carstens, Philip DePaula, Patricia DiMond, Amanda Gebhart, Vanessa Gorden, Jami Guthrie, Nathan Hitchcock, Steven D. Howe, Sean Johnston, Sandra Kern, VerLynn Kneifl, D. T. Kofoed, Paula Kostel, Lynda Letona, Rosemary Moeller, John Mullin, Joe Night, Joseph Raiche, Marcella Remund, S. K. Robertson, Amanda Sides, and Suzanne Sunshower.
The VLP magazine, published annually for over 20 years, features poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and artwork by South Dakota writers and artists, as well as writers and artists from around the world. People who are unable to attend the reception but who would still to purchase a copy of the magazine can do so by sending $10 per copy or $24 for three copies to the Vermillion Literary Project, Dakota Hall 226, University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.