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WINNERS OF 2016 CONTESTS

The NFSPS conducts poetry contests in the spring of each year. Given below are descriptions of the contests. These contests have a March 15, 2017, postmark for their deadline. Note contests  6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 22, 24, 26, 31, 34, 35, 37, 38, 41, 45, 47,and 48,  NFSPS *Members Only.

Contest Rules will be posted soon

58th ANNUAL CONVENTION ~ 2017
ANNUAL CONTESTS

1. NFSPS FOUNDERS AWARD (to honor Mary B.Wall)
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.

2. PEACE AWARD
Sponsored by: The Shanti Foundation for Intercultural
Subject: Peace Through Intercultural Understanding.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $500. 2nd Prize: $300. 3rd Prize: $200.

3. WINNERS' CIRCLE AWARD
Sponsored by previous prizewinners in Contest 1 NFSPS Founders Award:
Kaye Bache-Snyder, Shirley Elliott Cosby, Diane Glancy, Harriet Stovall Kelley,
AnneMcCrady, Polly Opsahl, Pat Stodghill, Pat Underwood,
Susan Stevens Chambers, and JeanneWagner.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any. 80 line limit.
1st Prize: $300. 2nd Prize: $200. 3rd Prize: $100

4. THE NFSPS BOARD AWARD
Sponsored by the NFSPS boards.
Subject: An Inanimate Object.
Form: Any.
28 line limit.
1st Prize: $300. 2nd Prize: $150. 3rd Prize: $85.

5. THE MARGO AWARD
Sponsored by her friends. In memory of Margo LaGattuta who encouraged poetry
in everyone
she met.
Subject: Animals.
Form: An
y.
50 line limit.
1st Prize: $225. 2nd Prize: $125. 3rd Prize: $75.  

* 6. DONALD STODGHILL MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by Pat Stodghill. 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.
1st Prize: $200. 2nd Prize: $100. 3rd Prize: $50.

* 7. GEORGIA POETRY SOCIETY AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Georgia Poetry Society.
Subject: The American South�historical events, cultural aspects,
landscapes, weather, etc.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $150. 2nd Prize: $75. 3rd Prize: $25.

* 8. POETRY SOCIETY OF TEXAS AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Texas.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $125. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

9. NOT THE USUAL POEM AWARD
Sponsored by Charmaine Donovan.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
39 line limit.
1st Prize: $100. 2nd Prize: $60. 3rd Prize: $40.

*10. AL LASTER MEMORIALAWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Connecticut Poetry Society.
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. 
1st Prize: $100. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

11. FLORIDA STATE POETS ASSOCIATION, INC. AWARD
Sponsored by the Florida State Poets Association, Inc
Subject: A Celebration of Florida History or Culture�or any otherFlorida topic,
historic or contemporary.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $100. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.
.

*12. ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Alabama State Poetry Society. 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.
1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

13. LAND OF ENCHANTMENT AWARD
Sponsored by the New Mexico State Poetry Society.
Subject: A Poem Related to �Borders,� real or imagined.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

14. THE VIRGINIA CORRIE-COZART MEMORIAL AWARD
Sponsored by her friends in the Peregrine Writers.
Subject: Art and/or Music.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

15. ARIZONA STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Sponsored by the Arizona State Poetry Society (ASPS).
Subject: When I Wake Up.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

*16. MILDRED VORPAHL BAASS REMEMBRANCE AWARD (*MembersOnly)
In loving remembrance of Mildred Vorpahl Baass, who served two terms as Poet Laureate of
Texas, 1993-1994 and 1994-1995. Sponsored by her daughter, Nancy Baass.
Subject: Domestic Cats�their endearing habits, intelligence, loyalty, beauty, etc.
(no reference to cruelty or abuse).
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $60, 2nd Prize: $40, 3rd Prize: $20.

17. LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA POETS AWARD
Sponsored by the League of Minnesota Poets.
Subject: Any.
Form: Free Verse.
45 line limit.
1st Prize: $60. 2nd Prize: $40. 3rd Prize: $20.

18. ISFPC AWARD
Sponsored by the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs.
Subject: Any.
Form: Lune (5/3/5 syllable pattern.)
3 line limit.

1st Prize: $60. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

19. NEVADA POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Sponsored by the Nevada Poetry Society.
Subject: Beginning for a New U.S. President.
Form: Free Verse.
32 line limit.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

20. WILLIAM STAFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD
Sponsored by the Oregon Poetry Association and friends of William Stafford.
In memory of William Stafford, Oregon�s late Poet Laureate and twice Honorary
Chancellor of NFSPS.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

21. THE NEW YORK POETRY FORUM AWARD
Sponsored by the New York Poetry Forum.
Subject: The Art of Poetry.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

*22. COLUMBINE POETS OF COLORADO AWARD (*MembersOnly)
Sponsored by the Columbine Poets of Colorado.
Subject: Mountains.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

23. MORTON D. PROUTY & ELSIE S. PROUTY MEMORIAL AWARD
Sponsored by daughters, Catherine P. Horn and Carol P. Ostberg
and their families. 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.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

*24. POETS ROUNDTABLE OF ARKANSAS AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Poets Roundtable of Arkansas.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

25. LOUISIANA STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Sponsored by Pat Sipes Juelg, LSPS President.
Subject: Let the Good Times Roll.
 Form: Any.
40 lines or less.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

*26. FREEDA MURPHY MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Texas. In memory of Freeda Murphy.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
28 line limit.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

27. CLAIRE VAN BREEMEN DOWNES MEMORIAL AWARD
To honor the memory of Claire van Breemen Downes, Contest Chair (1997-99).
Sponsored byAlan Downes and friends of Claire.
Subject: Any.
Form: Sonnet.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

28. UTAH STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Sponsored by the Utah State Poetry Society.
Subject: Heritage.
Form: Any.
50 line limit.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

29. OHIO AWARD
Sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15.

30. ILLINOIS STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society.
Subject: Books.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $40. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20

*31. MINUTE AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by Sharon Martin Turner.
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: 8,4,4,4. Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c / d,d,e,e,f,f.
Capitalize and punctuate.

1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15.

32. POETRY SOCIETY OF MICHIGAN AWARD
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Michigan.
Subject: Any.
Form: Free Verse.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15

33. MISSISSIPPI POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Sponsored by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc.
Subject: Any.
Form: Sonnet (Indicate sonnet pattern on entry).
1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15

*34. JESSE STUART MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Kentucky State Poetry Society.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

*35. HUMOROUS POETRY AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by Colleen Stanley Bare.
Subject: Humorous.
Form: Rhymed.
16 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

36. BARBARA STEVENS MEMORIAL AWARD
Sponsored by the South Dakota Poetry Society.
Subject: Any Serious Theme.
Form: Any.
12 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

*37. ALICE MAKENZIE SWAIM MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Poetry Society, Inc.
Subject: Any. 
Form: Traditional Sonnet (indicate sonnet pattern on entry).
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15
.

*38. POETRY SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Oklahoma.
Subject: Nature.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

39. SAVE OUR EARTH AWARD
Sponsored by Martha H. Balph. In memory of David F. Balph.
Subject: Environmental Issues.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

40. MASSACHUSETTS STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Sponsored by the Massachusetts State Poetry Society.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

*41. POETRY SOCIETY OF TENNESSEE AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Tennessee. In memory of Michael
Dennington.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
30 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

42. IOWA POETRY ASSOCIATION AWARD
Sponsored by the Iowa Poetry Association.
Subject: Poetry
For Children.
Form: Any.
32 line limit.

1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

43. WYOPOETS AWARD
Sponsored by the Wyopoets of Wyoming.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

44. GINGERBREAD POETS AWARD
Sponsored by the Gingerbread Poets.
Subject: Any.
Form: Spoon River (a person speaking from the grave).
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize:$15.

*45. SAN ANTONIO POETS ASSOCIATION AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the San Antonio Poets Association, a chapter of the
Poetry Society of Texas for 37 years.
Subject: Handling Defeat with Grace.
Form: Any.
32 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

46. MAINE POETS SOCIETY AWARD
Sponsored by the Maine Poets Society, fostering poetry since 1936.
Subject: the Sea or Seacoast.
Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize:$15.

*47. MIRIAM S. STRAUSS MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by Russell H. Strauss.
Subject: A Love Poem.
Form: Any traditional rhymed form: (sonnet, pantoum, villanelle, etc.)
14 � 32 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

*48. THE POETS NORTHWEST AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by Poets Northwest, a chapter of the Poetry Society
of Texas, celebrating 31 years of encouraging and inspiring
poets in their craft.
Subject: Bedrock.
Form: Any.
36 line limit.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize:$15.

49. JESSICA C. SAUNDERS MEMORIAL AWARD
Sponsored by the Shavano Poets Society of Colorado.
Subject: Any.
Form: Villanelle.
Line Limit: 19.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize:$15.

50. STUDENT AWARD
No entry fee required. Open only to students in grades
9 thru 12. Include grade with name and summer mailing address
on the second copy only (See Contest Rule 11).

Sponsored by Kay Kinnaman Sims and Nancy Baass.
Subject: Any.
Form: Any.
32 line limit.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

 

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|Organized in Baton Rouge, LA~ October 17, 1959
Constitution adopted in Philadelphia, PA~ June 18, 1960

 


 


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