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WINNERS OF 2015 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, 2016, postmark for their deadline. Note contests  6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 16, 22, 24, 26, 27, 31, 34, 35, 37, 38, 41, 45, 47,and 48, ; NFSPS only.

Contest rules below

 

2016 NFSPS Annual Poetry Contest Information

1. NFSPS FOUNDERS AWARD (To honor Mary B. Wall)
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 100 line limit. Sponsored by the NFSPS, Inc.
1st Prize: $1,000. 2nd Prize: $500. 3rd Prize: $250.

Entry fee for members and non-members: $5 per poem. Limit: 4 poems per contestant.

2. WINNERS' CIRCLE AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 80 line limit. Sponsored by previous Prize winners in Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award: Kaye Bache-Snyder, Shirley Elliott Cosby, Diane Glancy, Harriet Stovall Kelley, Anne McCrady, Polly Opsahl, Marion Brimm Rewey, N. Colwell Snell, Pat Stodghill, Pat Underwood, and anonymous donors.
1st Prize: $500. 2nd Prize: $300. 3rd Prize: $200.

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

4. THE BROWN-EYED GIRL POETRY WRITING CONTEST
Subject: Any Aspect of Van Morrison's Song "Brown-Eyed Girl." Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by Milton Siegele.
1st Prize: $350. 2nd Prize: $150. 3rd Prize: $100.

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

*6. DONALD STODGHILL MEMORIAL AWARD (*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.

7. THE NFSPS BOARD AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 32 line length. Sponsored by NFSPS board members.
1st Prize: $200. 2nd Prize: $100. 3rd Prize: $70.

* 8. GEORGIA POETRY SOCIETY AWARD (*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.

*9. POETRY SOCIETY OF TEXAS AWARD (*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.

10. UTAH STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: Heritage. Form: Any. 50 line limit. Sponsored by the Utah State Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $100. 2nd Prize: $60. 3rd Prize: $40.

*11. AL LASTER MEMORIAL AWARD (*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 the Connecticut
Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $100. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

12. FLORIDA STATE POETS ASSOCIATION, INC. AWARD
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: $100. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

*13. ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD (*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.

14. THE MARY SIMION MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: The sky, In any of its Magical, Mystical Variations. Form: Pantoum. 40 line limit. Sponsored by Dinah Lee Brinson.
1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25

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

*16. MILDRED VORPAHL BAASS REMEMBRANCE AWARD (*Members Only)
In loving remembrance of Mildred Vorpahl Baass, Poet Laureate of Texas, 1993-94 &1994-95. 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.

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

18. NEVADA POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: U.S. Politics in 2016 (any aspect of the national conventions, nominees, or the November election). Form: Free Verse. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Nevada Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

19. ISFPC DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY AWARD
In honor of our 75 years as a poetry organization. Subject: Gems. Form:Any Rhymed. 42 line limit. Sponsored by the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

20. WILLIAM STAFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD
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.

21. THE NEW YORK POETRY FORUM AWARD
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.

*22. COLUMBINE POETS OF COLORADO AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: Any. Form: Prose Poem. 100 line limit. Sponsored by the Columbine Poets of Colorado.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

23. MORTON D. PROUTY & ELSIE S. PROUTY MEMORIAL AWARD
In memory of Morton D. Prouty Jr., who served as NFSPS Treasurer and Poet Laureate of
Alabama and Elsie S. Prouty. Subject: ANature 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.

*24. POETS ROUND TABLE OF ARKANSAS AWARD (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.

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

*26. AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: A Poem Relating to American Indians, Past or Present. Form: Any. 40 line limit.
Sponsored by the New Mexico State Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

*27.ROBERTA PIPES BOWMAN MEMORIAL AWARD(*Members Only)
In memory of Roberta Pipes Bowman. Subject: Any. Form: Any. 28 line limit. Sponsored
by the Poetry Society of Texas.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

28. CLAIRE VAN BREEMEN DOWNES MEMORIAL AWARD
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.

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

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

*31. MINUTE AWARD (*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: 8,4,4,4. Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, b,c,c / d, d, e, e, f, f. Capitalize and punctuate. Sponsored by Sharon Martin Turner.
1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15.

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

33. MISSISSIPPI POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
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

*34. JESSE STUART MEMORIAL AWARD (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.

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

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

*37. ALICE MAKENZIE SWAIM MEMORIAL AWARD(*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.

*38. POETRY SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA AWARD (*Members Only)
In memory of Maxine Sanford Austin. Subject: Footprints. Form: Any. 24 line limit. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Oklahoma.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

39. SAVE OUR EARTH AWARD
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.

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

*41. POETRY SOCIETY OF TENNESSEE AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: Any. Form: A Dorsimbra in memory of its creators: Freda Beasley Doris, Robert Simanton, and Eve Braden Hatcher. Four lines of rhymed iambic pentameter, followed by four lines of crisp
free verse, followed by four lines of unrhymed iambic pentameter. First and last lines must be the same. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Tennessee.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

42. IOWA POETRY ASSOCIATION AWARD
Subject: Poetry for Children. Form: Any. 32 line limit. Sponsored by the Iowa Poetry Association.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

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

44. GINGERBREAD POETS AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Double Tanka, (Japanese style) 10 line limit. Sponsored by Gingerbread Poets Workshop, Caroline Walton, President.
1st Prize: $30. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize:$10. Three HMs.

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

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

*47. MIRIAM S. STRAUSS MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: Travel To An Exotic Place (real or imaginary). Form: Any Lines:10-40, a minimum of 10, a maximum of 40. Sponsored by Russell H. Strauss.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

*48. THE POETS NORTHWEST AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 36 line limit. Sponsored by Poets Northwest, a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas, celebrating 30 years of encouraging and inspiring poets in their craft.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize:$15.

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

STUDENT AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 32 line limit. Sponsored by Kay Kinnaman Sims and Nancy Baass.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20. 7 Honorable Mentions: $5 each.
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).

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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 a haiku;
                   c. have a 40 line limit (printed lines) for all contests not stating line limit;

                       
 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 spaces.) Printing rights revert to the poet after the anthology is published (June 15, 2017). 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, 2016 NFSPS newsletter, Strophes. All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August (2016) by sending $1 and a #10 SASE to:        

Paul Ford, Strophes Editor
10239 Hickory Point Dr.
Sandy, UT 84092


No poems will be returned, so poets should retain copies.

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

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

5. Check or money order enclosed must be made payable to NFSPS, Inc. (initials sufficient) rather than to any individual.
                  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).

c. Entrants from outside the U.S. must send checks drawn on U.S. banks or branches, payable in U.S. funds, or send U.S. currency.

6. First Prize winner in Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award is not eligible to enter that contest the following year. (NFSPS Founders Award only.)

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

8. When to submit poems:
               a. Contest starting date: entries must not be postmarked before January 1, 2016;
               b. Contest deadline: entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2016.

9."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:
Lucille Morgan Wilson, NFSPS Treasurer
2325 61st Street,
Des Moines, IA 50322

by January 15, 2016 and updated as required by the Contest deadline. (E-mail: lucille_e_wilson@hotmail.com)

10. How to submit poems:
               a. Send two copies of the poem, typed, photocopied, or computer-generated, on 8.5" x 11" white paper (no onionskin or tissue), in black ink, single-spaced. If poem requires more than one page, staple together all pages of each copy.

b. On both copies, place number and name of contest in upper left corner.

c. On second copy only, put name, address, phone number, and E-mail address of poet, state society membership or"NON-MEMBER NFSPS" in upper right corner. If a poem requires more than one page, number pages also on upper right corner (both copies).

d. Separate originals from duplicates and stack in numerical order (1-50) with originals on top. Count them.

e. Prepare a 3" x 5" lined file card (leave first line blank) and list poet's name, address, phone number, E-mail address (if available), state/society membership (or "NON-MEMBER"). List on the card the number, but not the title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems sent. Do NOT staple the card to entries or to entry fee.

f. Mail all entries at one time, unfolded, in a large envelope, including the file card and entry fee. Mail to the Contest Chair by First Class, Priority Mail or any form of delivery that does NOT require a signature upon receipt.

Mail Entries to:
NFSPS Contest Chairman
Charlotte Abernathy
1375 Greenmeadows Way
Ashland, Oregon 97520

The NFSPS, Inc. will not assume mailing costs and will not be responsible for any entries lost or delayed in the mail.

National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc.
www/nfsps.com

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