National Federation of State Poetry Societies

The National Federation of State Poetry Societies offers online submission for the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition, the College Undergraduate Poetry Competition, the BlackBerryPeach Prizes for Poetry: Spoken and Heard, the NFSPS Founders Award Contest, and the Student Award Contest for students in grades 9 through 12.

If you do not have a Submittable account, you will be asked to open one during the submission process. This free account is yours permanently.  

For information on 48 other NFSPS poetry contests, visit www.nfsps.com. 

You may submit to all contests beginning January 1, 2019 and ending March 15, 2019. Please read all rules about how to submit. There is a fee. Please complete the appropriate Member or Non-member submission form and make appropriate payment. 

Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.

Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or  $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).

Manuscript contests and Blackberry Peach contests are separate and require a different fee.

   

NFSPS 2019 College Undergraduate Poetry Competition

Submission Period:  December 2018—January 2019

MEUDT and KAHN AWARDS

Two winners will be chosen for the College Undergraduate Poetry (CUP) Competition, one receiving the Edna Meudt Memorial Award; the other receiving the Florence Kahn Memorial Award. For each winner, prizes include:

  • $500 cash prize.
  • Publication of the manuscript as a perfect-bound 6"x9" chapbook, marketed through Amazon.com.
  • 75 free copies of the chapbook.
  • Invitation to read from winning work at the 2019 NFSPS Convention in Sante Fe, NM.
  • $300 travel stipend, if attending the convention.
  • Complimentary registration for the entire convention.
  • Complimentary dinner on the evening when the winners read. (Winners are responsible for the balance of their convention costs, e.g., meals and lodging, and for any guests who accompany them.)
  • Complimentary one-year membership in an NFSPS-affiliated state poetry society of the winner's choosing and in NFSPS.­­­­
  • Book release at the NFSPS annual convention. While winners are present at the convention, they will be assisted in selling their stock of books directly and/or in the convention book room and will receive all proceeds from those sales. 

ELIGIBILITY

Undergraduates working toward a degree in an accredited U.S. college or university during the contest submission period are eligible to enter the CUP Competition.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Application and Manuscript. Complete the application form and upload your manuscript file at www.nfsps.submittable.com. The manuscript must be a single document that contains only your title page followed by ten poems. Once you have uploaded the file, you cannot make edits. Acceptable file formats include .doc and .docx (MS Word) and .pdf.
  • Fees. There is a $10 contest submission fee.
  • Submission Period. An electronic switch will open the Submissions function in the first minute December 1, 2018, and close it automatically at midnight Pacific Standard Time on January 31, 2019. Make sure to note your local time relative to PST. Students in Hawaii and Alaska are advised to submit no later than January 30. Indeed, we urge every entrant to submit early so that our committee can advise if you encounter problems; we likely cannot help if you wait until the last day of the contest.
  • Alternative Submission Request. Approval by the contest chair's prior to January 15, 2019, is required to enter the competition by any other means than online submission as described above. He will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept paper manuscripts. Unauthorized paper manuscripts or e-mailed manuscripts will not be accepted. If the chair approves an alternative submission, he will provide instructions on how to proceed. Send your name, address, telephone number and email address with your request to: paperlesspoets@gmail.com.

.MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES:  Not following ALL guidelines disqualifies a submission.

  • No Identification. There must be no author identification on any page of the manuscript.
  • Title Page and Ten Poems. The manuscript will include only the title page and ten (10) original, unpublished poems. Note that poems posted on a public website or public social media are considered published. You will be required to confirm that your poetry is original and unpublished.
  • Titles. Except for haiku and related Japanese forms, each poem must be titled.
  • Poem Line Width. Line width limit is 60 characters, including punctuation marks and spaces between words.
  • Erasure poems and others derived from prose. Contestants may not use any material copyrighted by another author as the basis for their poems. Please identify any source and verify that it is in the public domain.
  • Title Page. The first manuscript page will include only the manuscript title, centered both vertically and horizontally on the page and followed by a page break.
  • Poem Arrangement. Manuscript page two will be the first of your ten poems, with the others following in the order they would appear in a chapbook. Insert a page break after the text for each poem.
  • Font and Spacing. Use a 12-point standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) in black text. Colored text and script, fancy, or unusual fonts will not be accepted. Single-space your poems and start lines at the left margin, unless you are clearly using spacing as a poetic device.
  • Pagination. Each page must include a footer with the title of the manuscript in the lower left corner and the page number in the lower right corner.
  • Auxiliary Pages (dedication, acknowledgments, cover letter, bio, etc.)  Do NOT include auxiliary pages in your initial entry. If you win, you will be asked for a brief biography and will have opportunity to include other elements during the editing phase.
  • Literary Standards. While we honor the First Amendment right of free speech, be aware that any profanity used must be necessary to the literary integrity of your poem. Our judge will view the gratuitous use of profanity as a crutch for shoddy craftsmanship or as cliché that has lost its shock value. The NFSPS will not give prizes for, nor publish work that perpetuates derogatory stereotypes. Nor will it accept work that is obscene, prurient or sexually graphic, hate-mongering, or abusive of any social, racial, ethnic, religious, or gender group. 

JUDGING and NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS

  • Judging. Manuscripts will be screened for compliance with contest rules. Up to 60 entries will be sent to a judge who will remain anonymous until winners are announced. Manuscripts are judged blind (identified only by machine-generated number) from those entries complying with all contest guidelines. Decisions are final.
  • Notification of Winners. By email on Monday, March 11, 2019, entrants will be notified of who has won and/or placed in the competition. Winners will be announced in the April issue of Strophes, the NFSPS newsletter, available at www.nfsps.com.
  • Contact Information. If there is any change in your contact information before results are announced, please notify Steven Concert by email at paperlesspoets@gmail.com. Be sure to provide a mailing address that will be valid even after the spring semester ends.

Guidelines for NFSPS BlackBerryPeach Prizes for Poetry: Spoken & Heard - Sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS)

This first annual BlackBerryPeach Prizes for Poetry competition blends "stage" and "page" poetry, giving equal weight to performance and poetics. 

Please read the following carefully. Not following ALL guidelines disqualifies a submission.


ENTRY FEE

 

Entry fee is $15.00 for those who are over 21 and not NFSPS members. 

(For members and entrants 21 years of age or or younger at the time of submission, the fee is $10.00. Members of state poetry societies affiliated with NFSPS are members. Click here to see if your organization is an NFSPS affiliate!)  

All fees are payable at Submittable.com with a credit card or PayPal account. 


SUBMISSION PERIOD

  • Submissions will be accepted between January 1 and March 15, 201, using the Submittable.com online system, which will be accessible only during that time.
  • An electronic switch will open the Submissions function in the first minute of January 1, 2018, and close it automatically at midnight Pacific Standard Time on March 15, 2018.
  • Make sure you know your local time relative to Pacific Standard Time in the United States. International contestants are advised to submit no later than March 14, 2018. Indeed, we urge every entrant to submit early so that our committee will have time to contact you if we spot anything amiss with your submission.

 


ELIGIBILITY

  • Open to all poets writing and speaking in English.
  • To enter this competition, you must have a Submittable.com account. If you currently have one, you may use it to enter the competition.  If you do not have an account, use the online sign-up to get your free, personal, and permanent account.  Signing up is simple and your account is instantly usable.  Visit nfsps.submittable.com/submit for further information.
  • First place winners will not be eligible to compete in the year following their win.


SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:

Follow the general guidelines below as well as the specific guidelines for the text and audio portions of your submission. Be sure to also read the specifics on the upload page. 

Once you have uploaded the files, you cannot make edits. You will be notified automatically that your entry has been received. Once the contest is over, the files will be securely archived, and you need not go back to withdraw them. 


GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Online submissions only (through Submittable.com).  
  • Open to all poets writing/speaking in English.
  • Original work by a single author.
  • Only one entry of four poems per contestant, please.  Multiple entries will disqualify all submissions from that contestant.
  • No identification. There must be no author identification anywhere on the audio files or in the transcript; no biographical information that could disclose your identity.  Do not include your name as part of either audio or written file name.  Substitute a fictitious name if your real name is in a title or poem; if you win, you can put your real name back into the work before publication.
  • Be sure both audio and document files are ready on your computer or mobile device before you begin the submission process, because the online entry operation will direct you to upload them in tandem.


AUDIO GUIDELINES:  Submit one audio recording of your four poems in .mp3 or .WAV format.  If you choose .WAV, we recommend you record in stereo using at least 24-bit, 96 KB/second.

  • Procedure:  For each poem, say the poem number and its title, then pause for a few seconds.  Your 3-minute time limit for each poem begins the moment you start speaking again. At the end of each poem, pause for about 20 seconds before announcing the next poem.
  • Voice only:  No musical or percussion accompaniment during competition.  Winners can add music, finger snaps, dance, etc. during performance at the convention or in subsequent recordings, as long as the music is original and/or not protected by copyright.
  • No video files: Videos will be disqualified.  If you are announced as a winner, you will have the choice of being filmed at the convention or submitting a video you have made yourself.  If you use props, background music, etc. during the video filming, please observe the copyright restrictions mentioned above. 

 

TRANSCRIPT GUIDELINES:  Must contain your four poems in the order they are performed on the audio file.  Acceptable file formats for the transcript include .doc and .docx (MS Word) and .pdf.

  • Transcript Fonts and Spacing:  Type poems in 12-point Times New Roman or similar type font and black ink. Colored text and script, fancy or unusual fonts will not be accepted. Single-space your poems and start lines at the left margin, unless you are clearly using spacing as a poetic device.  Insert a page break between each poem.  Title each poem.
  • Pagination:  Pages of transcript numbered at lower right corner, one poem, one column per page.  Poems may be continued on a second or third page, but do not put two poems on the same page.
  • Auxiliary pages (Dedication, Acknowledgments, Cover letter, Bio, etc.):  Do NOT include these in your initial entry. If you win, you will be asked for a brief biography and will have ample opportunity to include the other elements during the editing phase.
  • Editorial input:  Because the chapbook will contain the work of three poets, the BBP3 Chair and/or chapbook editor will determine its design, including cover and supplemental text.


LITERARY STANDARDS

  • While we honor your First Amendment right of free speech, be aware that any profanity used must be necessary to the literary integrity of the poem. The NFSPS will not give prizes for, nor publish, work that perpetuates derogatory stereotypes.  Nor will it accept work that is obscene, prurient or sexually graphic, hate-mongering, or abusive of any social, racial, ethnic, religious, or gender group. 


PRIZES

  • Cash awards.  First place $1,000, Second place $500, Third place $250.
  • Publication by NFSPS of a perfect-bound 6"x9" chapbook containing, at the editor's discretion, the four poems from each of the prizewinners, to be marketed through Amazon.com.
  • Videos of the winning performances will be posted on YouTube.  The NFSPS website will post links to the YouTube presentations and to Amazon.com for chapbook purchase.
  • 25 free copies of the chapbook for each winner to sell at the 201
  •  NFSPS Convention or to keep for personal use.
  • Invitation to perform winning work during the 2019  NFSPS Annual Convention, to be held June 23  - June  26 , 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Contestants may opt to be a part of  a video of  their performance at the Convention or submit their own video for showing at the Convention and posting on YouTube.
  • First Place receives $300 travel stipend, if attending the Convention.
  • Complimentary registration for the entire convention. Complimentary dinner on the day of performance. (Winners are responsible for the balance of their convention costs, e.g., meals and lodging, and for any guests they bring.)
  • Complimentary one-year membership in an NFSPS-affiliated state poetry society of the winner's choosing and in NFSPS.
  • Book release at the NFSPS annual convention. While a winner is present at the convention, he/she may sell books directly and/or in the convention book room and will receive all proceeds from those sales.
  • Up to seven Honorable Mentions will receive NFSPS certificates; their names and cities of residence will be listed in the chapbook.


JUDGING AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS

Judging:   All entries will be reviewed for compliance with guidelines and overall quality by the competition committee.  

  • Approximately 100 entries will be sent, without identification or acknowledgments, to an independent judge, who will remain anonymous until the results are announced.
  • Entries are judged blind (identified only by machine - generated number) using a rubric that includes such factors as enunciation, clarity, speed, and suitability of tone to text.
  • Three winners and up to seven honorable mentions will be selected.  Decisions are final.

Notification of Winners. All entrants will be notified of results by email. Winners will be announced in the NFSPS newsletter, Strophes, available at www.nfsps.com.


 

For additional information, click here to email Joseph Cavanaugh, BBP3 Chair


Guidelines for NFSPS BlackBerryPeach Prizes for Poetry: Spoken & Heard - Sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS)

The annual BlackBerryPeach Prizes for Poetry competition blends "stage" and "page" poetry, giving equal weight to performance and poetics. 

Please read the following carefully. Not following ALL guidelines disqualifies a submission.


ENTRY FEE

 

Entry fee is $10.00 for NFSPS members and for anyone 21 years of age or or younger (at the time of submission); it is $15.00 for all others. 

Members of state poetry societies affiliated with NFSPS are members. Click here to see if your organization is an NFSPS affiliate.

All fees are payable at Submittable.com with a credit card or PayPal account. 


SUBMISSION PERIOD

  • Submissions will be accepted between January 1 and March 15, 201, using the Submittable.com online system, which will be accessible only during that time.
  • An electronic switch will open the Submissions function in the first minute of January 1, 2018, and close it automatically at midnight Pacific Standard Time on March 15, 2018.
  • Make sure you know your local time relative to Pacific Standard Time in the United States. International contestants are advised to submit no later than March 14, 2018. Indeed, we urge every entrant to submit early so that our committee will have time to contact you if we spot anything amiss with your submission.

 


ELIGIBILITY

  • Open to all poets writing and speaking in English.
  • To enter this competition, you must have a Submittable.com account. If you currently have one, you may use it to enter the competition.  If you do not have an account, use the online sign-up to get your free, personal, and permanent account.  Signing up is simple and your account is instantly usable.  Visit nfsps.submittable.com/submit for further information.
  • First place winners will not be eligible to compete in the year following their win.


SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:

Follow the general guidelines below as well as the specific guidelines for the text and audio portions of your submission. Be sure to also read the specifics on the upload page. 

Once you have uploaded the files, you cannot make edits. You will be notified automatically that your entry has been received. Once the contest is over, the files will be securely archived, and you need not go back to withdraw them. 


GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Online submissions only (through Submittable.com).  
  • Open to all poets writing/speaking in English.
  • Original work by a single author.
  • Only one entry of four poems per contestant, please.  Multiple entries will disqualify all submissions from that contestant.
  • No identification. There must be no author identification anywhere on the audio files or in the transcript; no biographical information that could disclose your identity.  Do not include your name as part of either audio or written file name.  Substitute a fictitious name if your real name is in a title or poem; if you win, you can put your real name back into the work before publication.
  • Be sure both audio and document files are ready on your computer or mobile device before you begin the submission process, because the online entry operation will direct you to upload them in tandem.


AUDIO GUIDELINES:  Submit one audio recording of your four poems in .mp3 or .WAV format.  If you choose .WAV, we recommend you record in stereo using at least 24-bit, 96 KB/second.

  • Procedure:  For each poem, say the poem number and its title, then pause for a few seconds.  Your 3-minute time limit for each poem begins the moment you start speaking again. At the end of each poem, pause for about 20 seconds before announcing the next poem.
  • Voice only:  No musical or percussion accompaniment during competition.  Winners can add music, finger snaps, dance, etc. during performance at the convention or in subsequent recordings, as long as the music is original and/or not protected by copyright.
  • No video files: Videos will be disqualified.  If you are announced as a winner, you will have the choice of being filmed at the convention or submitting a video you have made yourself.  If you use props, background music, etc. during the video filming, please observe the copyright restrictions mentioned above. 

 

TRANSCRIPT GUIDELINES:  Must contain your four poems in the order they are performed on the audio file.  Acceptable file formats for the transcript include .doc and .docx (MS Word) and .pdf.

  • Transcript Fonts and Spacing:  Type poems in 12-point Times New Roman or similar type font and black ink. Colored text and script, fancy or unusual fonts will not be accepted. Single-space your poems and start lines at the left margin, unless you are clearly using spacing as a poetic device.  Insert a page break between each poem.  Title each poem.
  • Pagination:  Pages of transcript numbered at lower right corner, one poem, one column per page.  Poems may be continued on a second or third page, but do not put two poems on the same page.
  • Auxiliary pages (Dedication, Acknowledgments, Cover letter, Bio, etc.):  Do NOT include these in your initial entry. If you win, you will be asked for a brief biography and will have ample opportunity to include the other elements during the editing phase.
  • Editorial input:  Because the chapbook will contain the work of at least three poets, the BBP3 Chair and/or chapbook editor will determine its design, including cover and supplemental text.


LITERARY STANDARDS

  • While we honor your First Amendment right of free speech, be aware that any profanity used must be necessary to the literary integrity of the poem.  The NFSPS will not give prizes for, nor publish, work that perpetuates derogatory stereotypes.  Nor will it accept work that is obscene, prurient or sexually graphic, hate-mongering, or abusive of any social, racial, ethnic, religious, or gender group. 


PRIZES

  • Cash awards.  First place $1,000, Second place $500, Third place $250.
  • Publication by NFSPS of a perfect-bound 6"x9" chapbook containing, at the editor's discretion, the four poems from each of the three prizewinners, to be marketed through Amazon.com.
  • Videos of the winning performances will be posted on YouTube.  The NFSPS website will post links to the YouTube presentations and to Amazon.com for chapbook purchase.
  • 25 free copies of the chapbook for each winner to sell at the 2019  NFSPS Convention or to keep for personal use.
  • Invitation to perform winning work during the 2019  NFSPS Annual Convention, to be held June 23,-June 26, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 
  •  Winners may opt to be a part of a video  their performance at the Convention or submit their own video for showing at the Convention and posting on YouTube.
  • First Place receives $300 travel stipend, if attending the Convention.
  • Complimentary registration for the entire convention. Complimentary dinner on the day of performance. (Winners are responsible for the balance of their convention costs, e.g., meals and lodging, and for any guests they bring.)
  • Complimentary one-year membership in an NFSPS-affiliated state poetry society of the winner's choosing and in NFSPS.
  • Book release at the NFSPS annual convention. While a winner is present at the convention, he/she may sell books directly and/or in the convention book room and will receive all proceeds from those sales.
  • Up to seven Honorable Mentions will receive NFSPS certificates; their names and cities of residence will be listed in the chapbook.


JUDGING AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS

Judging:   All entries will be reviewed for compliance with guidelines and overall quality by the competition committee.  

  • Up to 100 entries will be sent, without identification or acknowledgments, to an independent judge, who will remain anonymous until the results are announced.
  • Entries are judged blind (identified only by machine - generated number) using a rubric that includes such factors as enunciation, clarity, speed, and suitability of tone to text.
  • Three winners and up to seven honorable mentions will be selected.  Decisions are final.

Notification of Winners. All entrants will be notified of results by email. Winners will be announced in the NFSPS newsletter, Strophes, available at www.nfsps.com.


 

For additional information, click here to email Joseph Cavanaugh, BBP3 Chair


Ends on March 15, 2019$5.00 - 20.00
$5.00 - 20.00

Sponsored by the NFSPS, Inc.

Subject: Any

Form: Any. 100 line limit

Entry fee for members and non-members: $5 per poem

Limit: 4 poems per contestant

1st Prize:$1,000. 2nd Prize: $500. 3rd Prize: $250

For contest rules head here.

NFSPS sponsors 49 other contests with a deadline of March 15, 2018. Be sure to check here for information about entry. 

Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). Contests #2-48

This submission is for payment and cover sheet only. DO NOT SUBMIT ANY POEMS HERE.

Contest Rules 

(Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)

1.  Any poem submitted must:

   a.  be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);

   b.  be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;

   c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.

   d.  be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.

2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a  #10 SASE to:

Paul Ford, Strophes Editor

10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092

3.  An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.

4.  Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.

5.  Payment must be completed at time of entry.

   a.  Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.

   b.  Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).

6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.

7.  When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.

8.   “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline. (E-mail: lucille_e_wilson@hotmail.com)

9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: Upload a pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, wpf, odt, or wpd.

10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner.

11.  Prepare a document for submission here that lists poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member"  List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 



Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. Contests #2-48

This submission is for payment and cover sheet only. DO NOT SUBMIT ANY POEMS HERE.

Contest Rules 

(Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)

1.  Any poem submitted must:

  a.  be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);

  b.  be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;

  c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.

  d.  be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.

2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a  #10 SASE to:

Paul Ford, Strophes Editor

10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092

3.  An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.

4.  Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.

5.  Payment must be completed at time of entry.

  a.  Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.

  b.  Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).

6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.

7.  When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.

8.   “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer  by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline. (E-mail: lucille_e_wilson@hotmail.com)

9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: Upload a pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, wpf, odt, or wpd.

10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner.

11.  Prepare a document for submission here that  list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member"  List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)

In memory of Harvey Jordan Turner. Subject: Cowboy Poetry, detailing the life of a cowboy at work, past and present  cowboys (See Baxter Black for examples). 

Form: Any. 50 line limit. 

Sponsored by: the Diamond T Ranch Families.  1st Prize: $500. 2nd Prize: $300. 3rd Prize: $200.

Contest Rules 

(Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)

1. Any poem submitted must:

a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);

b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;

c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.

d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.

2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to: 

Paul Ford, Strophes Editor

10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092

3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.

4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.

5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here. 

a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here. 

b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here. 

6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.

7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.

8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline. 

9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.

10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)

11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Walk a Mile in the Experience of Another. Form: Any. 32 lines. 

Sponsored by the NFSPS Executive and Appointive boards. 

1st Prize: $250. 2nd Prize: $85. 3rd Prize: $50.

Contest Rules 

(Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)

1. Any poem submitted must:

a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);

b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;

c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.

d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.

2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to: 

Paul Ford, Strophes Editor

10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092

3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.

4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.

5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here. 

a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here. 

b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here. 

6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.

7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.

8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline. 

9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.

10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)

11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

In memory of Margo LaGattuta who encouraged poetry in every one she met. Subject: Animals. Form: Any. 50 line limit. Sponsored by her friends. 1st Prize: $200. 2nd Prize: $100. 3rd Prize: $50.
Contest Rules
(Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
1. Any poem submitted must:
a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Any. Form: Any. 80 line limit. Sponsored by previous prize winners in Contest 1, NFSPS Founders Award: Diane Glancy,  Harriet Stovall Kelley, Pat Stodghill, Pat Underwood. 

1st Prize: $225. 2nd Prize: $100. 3rd Prize: $75.
 Contest Rules
 (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
 1. Any poem submitted must:
 a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
 b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
 c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
 d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
 2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
 Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
 10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
 3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
 4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
 5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
 7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
 8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
 9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
 10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
 11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
To honor the memory of Don Stodghill, who served as President  of the Poetry Society of Texas and Legal Advisor of NFSPS. Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by Pat Stodghill. 1st Prize: $200. 2nd Prize: $100. 3rd Prize: $50.
Contest Rules
(Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
1. Any poem submitted must:
a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
Subject: The American South—historical events, cultural aspects, landscapes, weather, etc. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by  the Georgia Poetry Society. 1st Prize: $150. 2nd Prize: $75. 3rd Prize: $25.
 Contest Rules
 (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
 1. Any poem submitted must:
 a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
 b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
 c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
 d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
 2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
 Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
 10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
 3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
 4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
 5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
 7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
 8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
 9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
 10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
 11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Texas. 1st Prize: $125. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.
  Contest Rules
  (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
  1. Any poem submitted must:
  a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
  b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
  c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
  d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
  2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
  Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
  10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
  3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
  4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
  5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
  7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
  8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
  9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
  10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
  11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
Subject: Poetry for Children. Form: Any rhymed form. 40 line limit. Sponsored by The Turner and Rabke families in honor of grand-children everywhere. 1st Prize: $100. 2nd Prize: $60. 3rd Prize: $40.
   Contest Rules
   (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
   1. Any poem submitted must:
   a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
   b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
   c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
   d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
   2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
   Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
   10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
   3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
   4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
   5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
   7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
   8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
   9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
   10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
   11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only) 

Subject: An Ekphrastic Poem—written in response to viewing a painting, photograph, sculpture, drawing, or other piece of visual art. Form: Any. 50 line limit. Sponsored by Diana Gagne. 

1st Prize: $100. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.
    Contest Rules
    (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
    1. Any poem submitted must:
    a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
    b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
    c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
    d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
    2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
    Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
    10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
    3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
    4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
    5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
    a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
    b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
    6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
    7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
    8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
    9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
    10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
    11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

  

Subject: A Celebration of Florida History or Culture—or any other

Florida topic, historic or contemporary. Form: Any. 40 line limit.

Sponsored by the Florida State Poets Association, Inc.

1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15.
  Contest Rules
  (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
  1. Any poem submitted must:
  a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
  b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
  c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
  d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
  2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
  Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
  10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
  3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
  4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
  5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
  7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
  8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
  9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
  10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
  11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
  

In honor of John Chambers, Riley Kelly, Helen Norris, and all the other ASPS poets we have lost. Subject: Tell Me Something Beautiful Form: Any. 50 line limit. Sponsored by the Alabama State Poetry Society. 

1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.
     Contest Rules
     (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
     1. Any poem submitted must:
     a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
     b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
     c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
     d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
     2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
     Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
     10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
     3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
     4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
     5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
     a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
     b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
     6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
     7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
     8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
     9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
     10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
     11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

  

Subject: A Poem Related to “Borders,” real or imagined. Form: Any. 

40 line limit. Sponsored by the New Mexico State Poetry Society.

1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.
   Contest Rules
   (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
   1. Any poem submitted must:
   a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
   b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
   c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
   d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
   2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
   Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
   10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
   3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
   4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
   5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
   7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
   8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
   9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
   10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
   11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Art and Artistry. Form: Any. 40 line limit.

Sponsored by her friends in the Peregrine Writers. 

1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.
  Contest Rules
  (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
  1. Any poem submitted must:
  a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
  b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
  c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
  d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
  2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
  Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
  10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
  3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
  4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
  5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
  7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
  8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
  9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
  10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
  11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: “Borrowed Books” Form: Any. 40 line limit. 

Sponsored by the Arizona State Poetry Society (ASPS).

1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
   Contest Rules
   (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
   1. Any poem submitted must:
   a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
   b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
   c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
   d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
   2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
   Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
   10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
   3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
   4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
   5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
   7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
   8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
   9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
   10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
   11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
In loving remembrance of Mildred Vorpahl Baass, who served two  terms as Poet Laureate of Texas, 1993-1994 and 1994-1995.  Subject: Domestic Cats–their endearing habits, intelligence, loyalty,  beauty, etc. (no reference to cruelty or abuse). Form: Any. 40 line  limit. Sponsored by her daughter, Nancy Baass. 1st Prize: $60, 2nd Prize: $40, 3rd Prize: $20
      Contest Rules
      (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
      1. Any poem submitted must:
      a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
      b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
      c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
      d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
      2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
      Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
      10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
      3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
      4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
      5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
      a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
      b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
      6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
      7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
      8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
      9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
      10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
      11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

In memory of John Rezmerski

Subject: Any. Form: Free Verse. 45 line limit. 

Sponsored by the League of Minnesota Poets. 

1st Prize: $60. 2nd Prize: $40. 3rd Prize: $20.
    Contest Rules
    (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
    1. Any poem submitted must:
    a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
    b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
    c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
    d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
    2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
    Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
    10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
    3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
    4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
    5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
    a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
    b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
    6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
    7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
    8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
    9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
    10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
    11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Any. Form: Villanelle. Line Limit: 19. 

Sponsored by the Shavano Poets Society of Colorado.

1st Prize: $60. 2nd Prize: $40. 3rd Prize:$20.
   Contest Rules
   (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
   1. Any poem submitted must:
   a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
   b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
   c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
   d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
   2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
   Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
   10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
   3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
   4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
   5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
   7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
   8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
   9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
   10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
   11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Community Form: Any. 40 line limit. 

Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Indiana.

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
   Contest Rules
   (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
   1. Any poem submitted must:
   a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
   b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
   c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
   d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
   2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
   Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
   10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
   3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
   4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
   5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
   7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
   8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
   9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
   10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
   11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Politics (Past or Present). Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Nevada Poetry Society. 

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
     Contest Rules
     (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
     1. Any poem submitted must:
     a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
     b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
     c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
     d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
     2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
     Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
     10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
     3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
     4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
     5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
     a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
     b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
     6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
     7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
     8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
     9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
     10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
     11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

In memory of William Stafford, Oregon’s late Poet Laureate and twice Honorary Chancellor of NFSPS. Subject: Any. Form: Any. 

40 line limit. Sponsored by the Oregon Poetry Association and 

Friends of William Stafford. 

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
      Contest Rules
      (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
      1. Any poem submitted must:
      a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
      b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
      c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
      d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
      2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
      Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
      10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
      3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
      4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
      5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
      a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
      b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
      6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
      7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
      8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
      9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
      10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
      11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: The Art of Poetry. Form: Any. 40 line limit. 

Sponsored by the New York Poetry Forum. 

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
       Contest Rules
       (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
       1. Any poem submitted must:
       a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
       b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
       c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
       d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
       2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
       Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
       10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
       3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
       4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
       5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
       a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
       b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
       6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
       7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
       8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
       9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
       10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
       11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
  

Subject: Any month of the year. Form: Any. 30 line limit. Sponsored by the Columbine Poets of Colorado. 

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
       Contest Rules
       (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
       1. Any poem submitted must:
       a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
       b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
       c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
       d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
       2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
       Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
       10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
       3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
       4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
       5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
       a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
       b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
       6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
       7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
       8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
       9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
       10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
       11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

In memory of Morton D. Prouty Jr., who served as NFSPS Treasurer and Poet Laureate of Alabama and Elsie S. Prouty. Subject: A Nature Poem. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by daughters,  Catherine P. Horn and Carol P. Ostberg and their families.

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
        Contest Rules
        (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
        1. Any poem submitted must:
        a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
        b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
        c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
        d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
        2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
        Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
        10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
        3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
        4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
        5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
        a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
        b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
        6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
        7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
        8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
        9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
        10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
        11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
 

Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Poets Roundtable of Arkansas. 

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
        Contest Rules
        (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
        1. Any poem submitted must:
        a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
        b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
        c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
        d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
        2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
        Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
        10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
        3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
        4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
        5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
        a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
        b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
        6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
        7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
        8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
        9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
        10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
        11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 lines or less. 

Sponsored by the Louisiana State Poetry Society. 

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
         Contest Rules
         (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
         1. Any poem submitted must:
         a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
         b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
         c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
         d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
         2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
         Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
         10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
         3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
         4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
         5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
         a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
         b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
         6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
         7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
         8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
         9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
         10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
         11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
  

In memory of Freeda Murphy. Subject: Any. Form: Any. 28 line limit.  Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Texas. 1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
         Contest Rules
         (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
         1. Any poem submitted must:
         a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
         b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
         c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
         d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
         2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
         Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
         10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
         3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
         4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
         5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
         a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
         b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
         6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
         7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
         8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
         9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
         10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
         11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

To honor the memory of Claire van Breemen Downes, 

Contest Chair (1997-99). Subject: Any. Form: Sonnet. 

Sponsored by Alan Downes and friends of Claire.

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
          Contest Rules
          (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
          1. Any poem submitted must:
          a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
          b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
          c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
          d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
          2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
          Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
          10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
          3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
          4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
          5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
          a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
          b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
          6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
          7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
          8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
          9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
          10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
          11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Heritage. Form: Any. 50 line limit. 

Sponsored by the Utah State Poetry Society.

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
           Contest Rules
           (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
           1. Any poem submitted must:
           a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
           b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
           c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
           d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
           2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
           Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
           10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
           3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
           4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
           5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
           a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
           b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
           6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
           7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
           8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
           9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
           10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
           11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Any. Form: Blank Verse –Iambic Pentameter. 50 line limit.

Sponsored by the California State Poetry Society.

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: 20.
            Contest Rules
            (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
            1. Any poem submitted must:
            a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
            b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
            c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
            d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
            2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
            Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
            10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
            3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
            4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
            5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
            a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
            b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
            6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
            7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
            8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
            9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
            10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
            11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Books. Form: Any. 40 line limit. 

Sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society. 

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20
             Contest Rules
             (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
             1. Any poem submitted must:
             a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
             b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
             c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
             d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
             2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
             Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
             10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
             3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
             4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
             5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
             a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
             b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
             6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
             7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
             8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
             9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
             10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
             11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit. 

Sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association.

1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15.
              Contest Rules
              (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
              1. Any poem submitted must:
              a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
              b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
              c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
              d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
              2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
              Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
              10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
              3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
              4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
              5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
              a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
              b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
              6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
              7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
              8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
              9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
              10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
              11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
 

Subject: Capture a Slice of Life. Form: A Minute Poem, created by  Verna Lee Hinegardner. A 60 syllable, 12 line poem in strict iambic  meter, syllable count for each line is: 8444. Rhyme Scheme: aabbcc / ddeeff. Capitalize and punctuate. Sponsored by Sharon Martin Turner.  

1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15.
               Contest Rules
               (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
               1. Any poem submitted must:
               a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
               b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
               c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
               d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
               2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
               Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
               10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
               3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
               4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
               5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
               a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
               b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
               6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
               7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
               8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
               9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
               10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
               11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

  

Subject: Any. Form: Free Verse. 40 line limit. 

Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Michigan.

1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15
Contest Rules
(Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
1. Any poem submitted must:
a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

  

Subject: Any. Form: Sonnet (Indicate sonnet pattern on entry).  Sponsored by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc. 

1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15
Contest Rules
(Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
1. Any poem submitted must:
a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)

 

Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Kentucky State Poetry Society. 

1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
                Contest Rules
                (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
                1. Any poem submitted must:
                a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
                b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
                c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
                d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
                2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
                Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
                10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
                3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
                4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
                5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
                a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
                b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
                6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
                7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
                8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
                9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
                10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
                11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
Subject: Humorous. Form: Rhymed. 16 line limit. Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! 

1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
                 Contest Rules
                 (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
                 1. Any poem submitted must:
                 a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
                 b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
                 c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
                 d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
                 2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
                 Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
                 10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
                 3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
                 4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
                 5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
                 a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
                 b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
                 6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
                 7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
                 8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
                 9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
                 10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
                 11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

   

Subject: Any Serious Theme. Form: Any. 12 line limit. 

Sponsored by Susan Stevens Chambers, Christina Flaugher, 

and Colin Chambers. 

1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
 Contest Rules
 (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
 1. Any poem submitted must:
 a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
 b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
 c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
 d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
 2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
 Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
 10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
 3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
 4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
 5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
 7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
 8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
 9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
 10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
 11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
Subject: Any. Form: Traditional Sonnet (indicate sonnet pattern on entry). Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Poetry Society, Inc. 1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15
                  Contest Rules
                  (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
                  1. Any poem submitted must:
                  a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
                  b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
                  c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
                  d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
                  2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
                  Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
                  10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
                  3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
                  4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
                  5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
                  a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
                  b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
                  6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
                  7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
                  8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
                  9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
                  10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
                  11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
In memory of Clark Elliott Subject: Any. Form: Trimeric –13 line limit. 

Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Oklahoma. 1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
              Contest Rules
              (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
              1. Any poem submitted must:
              a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
              b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
              c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
              d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
              2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
              Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
              10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
              3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
              4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
              5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
              a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
              b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
              6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
              7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
              8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
              9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
              10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
              11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

In memory of David F. Balph. Subject: Environmental Issues. 

Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by Martha H. Balph.

1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
Contest Rules
(Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
1. Any poem submitted must:
a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit. 

Sponsored by the  Massachusetts State Poetry Society.

1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
 Contest Rules
 (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
 1. Any poem submitted must:
 a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
 b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
 c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
 d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
 2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
 Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
 10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
 3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
 4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
 5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
 6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
 7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
 8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
 9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
 10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
 11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
 

In honor of Florence Bruce. Subject: Any. Form: Pantoum. 16-32 lines. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Tennessee.  1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
             Contest Rules
             (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
             1. Any poem submitted must:
             a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
             b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
             c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
             d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
             2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
             Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
             10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
             3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
             4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
             5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
             a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
             b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
             6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
             7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
             8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
             9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
             10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
             11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Poetry For Children. Form: Any. 32 line limit. 

Sponsored by the Iowa Poetry Association.

1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
  Contest Rules
  (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
  1. Any poem submitted must:
  a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
  b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
  c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
  d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
  2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
  Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
  10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
  3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
  4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
  5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
  6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
  7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
  8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
  9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
  10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
  11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: Wyoming or the West. Form: Any. 40 line limit. 

Sponsored by the Wyopoets of Wyoming.

1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
   Contest Rules
   (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
   1. Any poem submitted must:
   a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
   b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
   c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
   d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
   2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
   Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
   10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
   3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
   4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
   5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
   6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
   7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
   8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
   9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
   10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
   11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
Subject: Homemade with Love. Form: Any, no Haiku or Prose. 32 line limit. Sponsored by the San Antonio Poets Association, a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas for 40 years. 

1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
            Contest Rules
            (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
            1. Any poem submitted must:
            a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
            b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
            c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
            d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
            2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
            Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
            10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
            3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
            4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
            5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
            a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
            b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
            6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
            7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
            8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
            9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
            10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
            11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Subject: the Sea or Seacoast. Form: Any. 40 line limit. 

Sponsored by the Maine Poets Society, fostering poetry since1936. 

1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize:$15.
    Contest Rules
    (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
    1. Any poem submitted must:
    a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
    b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
    c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
    d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
    2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
    Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
    10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
    3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
    4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
    5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
    a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only. If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
    b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem). If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
    6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
    7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
    8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
    9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
    10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
    11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
  

Subject: City Life. Form: Any. 10-40 line limit. Positive aspects of  the city experience are preferred

Sponsored by Russell H. Strauss. 1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.
           Contest Rules
           (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
           1. Any poem submitted must:
           a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
           b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
           c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
           d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
           2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
           Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
           10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
           3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
           4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
           5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
           a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
           b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
           6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
           7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
           8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
           9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
           10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
           11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

 (*Members Only)
  

Subject: Any. Form: Any. 36 line limit. Sponsored by Poets Northwest, a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas, celebrating 32 years of encouraging and inspiring poets in their craft. 1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize:$15
          Contest Rules
          (Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry.)
          1. Any poem submitted must:
          a. be the original work of the contestant, unpublished in any form, including electronically and placed on exhibition, not under consideration or accepted for publication. (Award will be recalled if a winning poem is found to be in violation of rules before publication in the NFSPS anthology of prize poems, and lower prizes and honorable mentions will move up in classification);
          b. be written in English, be titled, unless the poem is a haiku or another form that is supposed to be untitled;
          c. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit. Line count includes every line, both printed and blank, except the title and its following space.
          d. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
          2. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15 or more will be printed in the NFSPS prize poems anthology, Encore, at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor reserves the right to alter line breaks in poems having more than 50 characters per line, including punctuation marks and spaces. Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (approx. August of 2019). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the August, 2019 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August, 2019 by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:
          Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
          10239 Hickory Point Dr., Sandy, UT 84092
          3. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
          4. Except as indicated in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award, contestants may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
          5. Payment must be completed at time of entry. (See Non-Member or Member Submission Form) If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
          a. Non-members may enter most contests at $1 each (except $5 for each entry in Contest 1–NFSPS Founders Award). Non-members may not enter contests marked with an asterisk, * and which are designated members only.  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
          b. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1 per poem or $10 total for entry in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, which is $5 per poem).  If entering less than 2 contests, please mail in your submission or pay $2 here.
          6. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
          7. When to submit poems: January 1, 2019-March 15, 2019.
          8. “Members Only” eligible if a paid-up member of a state society, listed in alphabetical membership roll mailed by a state society along with NFSPS dues to NFSPS Treasurer by January 15, 2019 and updated as required by the Contest deadline.
          9. You may submit poems in any of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, wpd, odt, and txt.
          10. Place number and name of contest in upper left corner. Do not put any identifying marks on this entry. (see rule 11)
          11. Prepare a document for submission in the proper form that list poet’s name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state society membership (or “Non-Member" List on the document the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted. 

Only open to students in Grades 9-12.

Subject: Any. Form: Any. 32 line limit.
Sponsored by Nancy Baass and Catherine L’Herisson.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
7 Honorable Mentions: $5 each.
For contest rules head here.

National Federation of State Poetry Societies