National Federation of State Poetry Societies

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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 3 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.  

The submission period for all contests vary. Please check back often for contest information. You may also check or current contest information and for convention information. 

General Contest Rules are located here. 

Additional rules for Submittable entries are below.

11. How to submit via Submittable:

(a.) Read carefully. Any violation will disqualify entry. Some rules for electronic submissions differ from the printed brochure.


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

(d.)  Place number and name of contest in upper left corner on document submitted for each contest. Do not place your name anywhere on the submitted poem.

(e.) Prepare a document for submission under *Member or Non-member Submission Cover Sheet and Payment Contests 2-50 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 of the contest and the title of the poem, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems submitted.

Because of the nature of contests 2-50 and Submittable system requirements, poets need to submit payment when submitting their cover sheet. Please use the appropriate Member or Non-member Submission Cover Sheet form. Poems are submitted in the individual contests. 

National Federation of State Poetry Societies