Poetry contests

The following are some contests you may be interested in entering.

North Shore Poets’ Forum — DEADLINE April 1, 2018
Annual Naomi Cherkofsky Contest
Any form, any subject
40 line limit
open to poets 18 years or older
Contest deadline is April 1
Cost: $3 per poem, five poems limit per poet.
No foreign country check or currency will be accepted.
Awards: $50, first; $35, second; $15, third, unless otherwise noted.
Only one monetary prize per poet.
Poems entered must not have been published or won any cash prize.

Send two copies, one with identification, one without, to Contest Chair, Jeanette Maes, 64 Harrison Ave, Lynn, MA 01915. Mark envelope “Naomi Cherkofsky Contest.”
Winners will be asked to read at the forums’ annual reading in celebration of National Poetry Month, this year on Saturday, April 21, at the Beverly Public Library, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winners will be posted on this site and announced at the reading. One may also send an SASE for list with entry.

Contests from other groups

MASSACHUSETTS STATE POETRY SOCIETY, INC.

Jeanette C. Maes, President
64 Harrison Avenue
Lynn, MA 01905-1350
THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLY TO ALL MSPS CONTESTS LISTED:

Contests are open to all poets.
Poets may enter as many poems as they wish but only one prize may be won by any poet.
Entry Fee is $3.00 per poem.
No foreign country check or currency will be accepted.
Send two copies of each poem – one with name and address and one with no. ID for judge.
For a Winners’ List, see on this website, or send SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) –
Send entries to:  Roberta Hung, Contest Chairman., 22 Salisbury Rd., Wakefield, MA 01880.
Mark name of contest on envelope.

OF THEE I SING CONTEST
Deadline:  January 15
Subject:  Praise of Someone – Someplace – Something (human – vegetable – animal – mineral – flora, etc.)
Form:  Poet’s Choice
Line limit:  40 Lines
Prizes:  $50     $25     $10
Poems must NOT have been previously published or won ANY prize.

THE GERTRUDE DOLE MEMORIAL AWARD
Deadline:  March 15
Subject and Form:  Poet’s Choice
Line Limit:  40 Lines
Prizes:  $25     $15     $10
Poems must NOT have been previously published or have won ANY prize.

AMBASSADOR OF POETRY AWARD
Deadline:  April 15
Subject and Form:  Poet’s Choice
Line Limit:  40 Lines
Prizes:  $50     $30     $20
Poems must NOT have been previously published or won ANY prize.

NAOMI CHERKOFSKY MEMORIAL CONTEST
Deadline:  June 30
Subject and Form:  Poet’s Choice
Line Limit:  40 Lines
Prizes:  $50     $30     $20
Poems entered must NOT have been published or won ANY prize.

ANNUAL POET’S CHOICE CONTEST
Deadline:  November 1
Subject and Form:  Poet’s Choice
Line Limit:  40 Lines
Prizes:  $50     $25     $15
Poems entered must NOT have been published or won ANY prize.

ARTHUR (SKIP) POTTER MEMORIAL CONTEST
Deadline:  December 15
Subject and Form:  Poet’s Choice
Line Limit:  40 Lines
Prizes:  $50     $30     $20
Poems entered must be original (written by entrant) and MAY have been previously published.

See also below:_______________________________________________________

  • NATIONAL POETRY DAY CONTEST
  • Entries must be received by August 1st
  • ENTRY FEE:  is for entire contest…
  • $15  for NON-MEMBERS
  • $10 for M.S.P.S. Members
Exception to rules: See mastatepoetrysociety.tripod.com for rules pertaining to this contest, which has as many as 25 categories.
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9 thoughts on “Poetry contests

    1. Hi,
      This is Cathryn O’Hare, director of the North Shore Poets’ Forum. Jeanette’s e-mail can be found on the Massachusetts State Poetry Society site, but I will give it to you now. It is msps.jcmaes@comcast.com.

      Best wishes.

  1. Hi Cathryn,
    Your blog is fun and informative and is a great reference point.
    Would you be willing to add the Amy Dengler Memorial Contest ? I know you included it in the Blog Archive for June 2011, but would greatly appreciate listing it in this Poetry Contest page.
    Deadline: May 15
    Suject & Form: Poet’s Choice
    Line Limit: 40 lines
    $3 per poem entered. Prizes: $50 $20 $10
    Poems must be original, not published, not entered in another contest,
    not won a previous prize.
    Am grateful for whatever you’ve done.
    Thanks, Roberta

  2. Good morning! I am anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner{s} for the Annual Naomi Cherkofsky Contest! ~ Any news as of yet?
    Thanks & have a wonderful day!

  3. Hello Guys,

    PoemHunter anounces its first poetry contest and invites you to join. All the activity will be online.

    You have a chance to upload your poem online until August 31,2013. Then it will be time to vote for many challenging poems in September. You can visit http://www.poemhunter.com for more details.

    Prize $1,000 for the winner
    2nd and 3rd place gets $250 each..

    PH

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