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Poetry Contests

  • The John and Miriam Morris Memorial Chapbook Competition (Deadline: 2016-05-31)
  • 2017 Alabama State Poetry Society Spring Contests (Deadline: 2017-03-27)

  • 2017 Alabama State Poetry Society Spring Contests
    Deadline: 2017-03-27 (Postmarked)

    Rules and Details

    2017 Alabama State Poetry Society Spring Contest
    Deadline: March 27 , 2017
    Rules and Details

    RULES:

    ENTRY FEES:
    $1 per poem for members.
    $3 per poem for non-members.
    Make checks payable to A.S.P.S.


    • The same poem may not be entered into more than one category.

    • Poems cannot have won a monetary award in a previous ASPS contest.

    • No limit on number of entries, but only one award per contest. (Send SASE for winners’ list--#10 envelope only)

    • Line limit is 40 lines unless otherwise specified.

    • Submit 2 copies of each poem on 8 ½ x 11 paper using plain type and fonts only:
    On each copy, put category name and number in upper left hand corner.
    On one copy only, put your name, address, e-mail, phone number and
    “member” or “non-member” in upper right hand corner.
    Address labels are acceptable.

    • Mail entries and fees to
    Jeanette Willert, 8 Seddon Point, Pell City AL 35128


    See our website at Alabama Poets.org for additional copies of this brochure and other information.

    DEADLINE: POSTMARKED BY MARCH 27, 2017
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    THE CONTESTS:

    1. ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY CONTEST
    (Sponsored by ASPS) Open to PAID MEMBERS ONLY.
    Any form, no line limit.
    $75, $50, $25, $10 and 3 Honorable Mentions in order of merit.

    2. THE DAVID KATO PRIZE
    In honor of murdered Ugandan gay activist David Kato (1964-2011).
    Subject: Human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.
    Any form, no line limit.
    $50, $30, $20 and Honorable Mentions at Judge’s discretion.

    3. EXTENDED METAPHOR AWARD
    Write a poem about poetry, writing, or any other artistic endeavor as an extended metaphor with something that isn't readily apparent.
    Example "Poems are a romantic relationship.”
    At the beginning, you are enamored with it. Later, you see flaws and try to change it. Then when you are done, you are left with bittersweet memories.
    Any form. Line limit 16.
    Sponsored by Jodi Adamson.
    $25, $15, $10.

    4. NEW DAWN UNLIMITED AWARD
    Topic: Tell Me Something Beautiful
    Any form, 50 line limit.
    Sponsored by Jerri and Kirk Hardesty
    $25, $15, $10. Honorable Mentions at Judge’s discretion.

    5. Topic: SOWING SEEDS
    Related to gardening, landscaping, etc. or sowing seeds of kindness.
    Any form, 40 line limit.
    Sponsored by Margaret Rush
    $25, $15, $10. One Honorable Mention.

    6 POET’S CHOICE
    ASPS members only.
    You choose topic and form. Line limit: 60 lines.
    Sponsored by Jeanette Willert
    $40, $20, $10. Honorable Mentions at Judge’s discretion.

    7. IT’S UP TO YOU
    Sponsored by Faye Hall
    Any subject, any form. 40 line limit.
    $25, $15, $10. Up to 3 Honorable Mentions.

    8. Topic: MOUNTAINS (real, metaphorical or otherwise)
    Length and form up to the poet.
    Sponsored by Dargan Ware
    $50, $25, $10. One honorable Mention.

    9. Topic: A FRAGRANCE OR FLOWER OF RURAL ALABAMA
    Any form, 8-10 lines. Must be present to win.
    Sponsored by Myra Ward Barra.
    $25, $15, $10. Honorable Mentions at Judge’s discretion.

    10. Topic: POETRY or WRITING POETRY
    ASPS members only.
    Any form. No more than 45 lines.
    Sponsored by Writers Anonymous (Pell City)
    $50, $25, $15, $10 and up to 2 honorable mentions


    11. Topic: FALLING IN LOVE or STAYING IN LOVE
    ASPS members only.
    Choose a form that uses meter and/or a set rhyme scheme.
    (Identify the form you have chosen to use on your submitted poem.)
    Length: No more than 40 lines.
    Sponsored by Precious Prodigal (Harry and Rita Moritz)
    $50, $25, $15, $10. Honorable Mentions at Judge’s discretion.

    12. Topic: WRITE A POEM ABOUT YOUR DEATH
    Extra points for funny! Any form. 30 line limit.
    Must be present to win.
    Sponsored by Debra Self.
    $15, $10, Honorable Mentions at Judge’s discretion.

    13. Topic: WINTER
    Any form, 30 lines or less.
    Sponsored by Joanne Cage.
    $25, $15. Two Honorable Mentions.

    14. FILL IN THE BLANKS AWARD
    Any form, any subject.
    $25, $15, HMs as merited,
    Sponsored by Barb Blanks

    15. A PERSONAL HERO
    Think along the lines of "The Truly Great" by Stephen Spender.
    Any format and length.
    Sponsored by Jerri Beck
    $15, $10, $5. Up to three Honorable Mentions.








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