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WINNERS OF 2014 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, 2014, postmark for their deadline. Note contests 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 32, 33, 36, 39, 41, 42, 44, 46, and 47 are open to members of NFSPS only.

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2015 NFSPS Annual Poetry Contest Information

1. nfsps founders award [to honor Mary B. Wall]
Subject: Any. Form:Any 100 line limit. Sponsored by NFSPS, Inc.
1st Prize: $1500, 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,  Lisa Salinas, and anonymous donors.
1st Prize: $500, 2nd Prize: $300, 3rd Prize: $200.

3. PEACE AWARD
Subject: Peace through intercultuaral 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 M&S POETRY WRITING CONTEST
Subject: Moments Form: Any 40 lines. Sponsored by Milton Siegele and Stephanie Detlefsen, two friends who have fun writing poems together.
1st prize: $300, 2nd prize: $125, 3rd Prize: $75.

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. 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. 

*8. 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.

9. THE NFSPS BOARD AWARD
Subject: Time. Form: Any metrical. 60 line limit Sponsored by NFSPS board members.
1st Prize: $150, 2nd Prize: $70, 3rd Prize: $50

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 any 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 Jeremy Downes, NFSPS President and ASPS member.
Subject: A new day dawns - Anything about dawn, literal or metaphorical. Any form. 50 line limit.
Sponsored by the Alabama State Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $75, 2nd Prize: $50, 3rd Prize: $25

14. ARIZONA STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject.Writers of the Purple Sage  Form: Any,  40 line limit.  Sponsored by the Arizona State Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $75, 2nd Prize: $30, 3rd Prize: $20.

*15.  MILDRED VORPAHL BAASS REMEMBRANCE AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY)
In loving remembrance of Mildred Vorpahl  Baass. Poet Laureate of Texas, 1993-93 &1994-95.Subject: Domestic Cats, their endearing habits, intelligence, loyalty, 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

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

17. NEVADA POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject. Patterns. Form: Any 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Nevada Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $60, 2nd Prize: $40, 3rd Prize: $20. 

18. INDIANA STATE FEDERATION OF POETRY CLUBS AWARD
Subject:. Any Form: Any Rhymed 42 line limit. Sponsored by the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs.
1st Prize: $50, 2nd Prize: $30, 3rd Prize $20.

19. WILLIAM STAFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD
In memory of William Stafford, Oregon's 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

20. 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.
 

*21. COLUMBINE POETS OF COLORADO AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY)
In honor of Ida Fasel, master of cinquain. Subject: Any. Form: Cinquain. 25 line limit. Sponsored by the Columbine Poets of Colorado.
1st Prize: $50, 2nd: Prize $30, 3rd: Prize $20. 
  

22. MORTON D. PROUTY & ELSIE S. PROUTY MEMORIAL
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.

*23. POETS ROUNDTABLE 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.   

24. LOUISIANA STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: Let the Good Times Roll. Form: Any40 lines or less. Sponsored by Pat Sipes Juelg, LSPS
Past President.
1st Prize: $50, 2nd Prize: $30, 3rd Prize: $20.

*25. 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.
 

*26. VIOLET NEWTON MEMORIAL AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY)
In memory of Violette Newton, Poet laureate of Texas 1973-74.Subject:: Any. Form: Any
28 line limit. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Texas.
1st Prize: $50, 2nd Prize: $30, 3rd Prize: $20.

*27. CLAIRE VAN BREEMAN DOWNES MEMORIAL AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY)
To honor the memory of Claire Van Breeman 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.


*28. OHIO AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY)
Subject: Any. Form: Any 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association
1st Prize: $50, 2nd Prize: $25, 3rd Prize: $15.


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

*30 MINUTE AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY)
A Minute created by Verna Lee Hinegardner is a 60 sylable 12 line poem written in strict iambic meter; syliable count 8, 4, 4, 4, 8, 4, 4, 4, 8, 4, 4, 4, rhymed a, a, b, b, c, c, d, d, e, e, f, f capitalized and punctuated like prose capturing a slice of life. Sponsored by Sharon Martin Turner.
1st Prize: $35, 2nd Prize: $25, 3rd Prize: $15.

31. 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.


32. JESSE STUART MEMORIAL award
Subject: Any Form: Any 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Kentucky State Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20, 3rd Prize: $15.


*33. HUMOROUS POETRY AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY)
 Any humorous subject. Form: Rhymed. 16 line limit. Sponsored by Colleen Stanley Bare.
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20, 3rd Prize: $15.


34. BARBARA STEVENS MEMORIAL award
Subject. Any serious theme. Form: Any 12 line limit. Sponsored by the South Dakota State Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20, 3rd Prize: $15.


*35. DORMAN JOHN GRACE MEMORIAL  AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY)
Subject: Any Form: Traditional Sonnet (state sonnet pattern on entry). Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20, 3rd Prize: $15.


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


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


38. 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. .


*39. POETRY SOCIETY OF TENNESSEE AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY) 
In memory of Patricia Smith. Subject: Any. Form: Narrative poem in blank verse (not free verse, blank verse has meter). 50 line limit. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Tennessee.
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20, 3rd Prize: $15.


40. IOWA POETRY ASSOCIATION AWARD
Subject: Poetry for children. Any form. 32 line limit. Sponsored by the Iowa poetry Association.
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20, 3rd Prize: $15


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


42. MISSISSIPPI POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: Any  Form: Triolet.   Sponsored by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc.
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20, 3rd Prize: $15.


*43. GINGERBREAD POETS AWARD  (*MEMBERS ONLY)
Subject: Any Form: Sestina. 39 line limit. Sponsored by the Gingerbread Poets, a chapter of Florida State Poets Association, Inc. and Caroline Walton, Chapter President. 
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20, 3rd Prize: $15.


*44. 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.


45.  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.


*46. MIRIAM S. STRAUSS MEMORIAL AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY)
Subject: Motion Pictures. May be about a famous film, director, actor, or movies in general and their influence on society. Form: Any. 10-40 lines. Sponsored by Russell H. Strauss
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20, 3rd Prize: $15.


*47. POETS NORTHWEST AWARD (*MEMBERS ONLY)
Subject: Any. Form: Any.  36 line limit.  Sponsored by the Poets Northwest, a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas, celebrating 29 years of encouraging and inspiring poets in their craft.
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.


48.  JESSICA C. SAUNDERS MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: Any Form: Vilanelle. Line limit: 19. Sponsored by the Shavano poets Society of Colorado.
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20, 3rd Prize: $15.


49. APPRECIATION AWARD (MEMBERS ONLY)
Subject: Gratitude, to a person (s) or place. No excessive sentimentality. Any form. 36 line limit. Sponsored by Lucille Morgan Wilson, in gratitude for support and encouragement during her 26 years as editor of Iowa's annual anthology, and the inspiration of as many NFSPS Conventions..
1st Prize: $25, 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.


50. STUDENT AWARD
Any subject. Any form. 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 through 12. (Include Grade with name and summer mailing address or email address on 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
  1. 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);
     
  2. be written in English, be titled, unless a haiku.
     
  3. have a 40 line limit for all contests not stating line limit;
     
  4. be typed or computer generated (not handwritten or hand printed) without illustrations.
  1. Poets give NFSPS exclusive first printing rights to all poems entered in the NFSPS Annual Contests. Poems winning a cash prize of $15.00 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, 2016). Printing rights to poems winning less than $15.00 (or no prize) revert to the poet after the list of winners is published in the NFSPS newsletter, Strophes (See Rule 10). No poems will be returned, so poets should retain copies.
     
  2. An eligible poem may not be withdrawn after submission.
     
  3. Except as indicated in Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award, a contestant may submit only one entry in any contest, and may not submit the same poem in any other contest.
     
  4. Check or money order enclosed must be made to NFSPS, Inc. (initials sufficient) rather than to any individual.
  1. Non-members may enter most contests at $1.00 each (except $5.00 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.
     
  2. Members may enter up to 10 contests for $1.00 per poem or $10.00 total for entries in more than 10 contests (except for Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award which is $5.00 per poem.
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  3. 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.
  1. First Prize winner in Contest 1-NFSPS Founders Award is not eligible to enter the following year (NFSPS Founders Award only.)
     
  2. Judges will be selected by NFSPS, Inc. No ties will be awarded, and the decisions of the judges will be final.
     
  3. When to submit poems:
  1. Contest starting date: entries must not be postmarked before January 1, 2015.
     
  2. Contest deadline: entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2015.
  1. "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
    2325 61st Street
    Des Moines, IA 50322
    by January 15, 2015 and updated as required by the Contest deadline (email: lucille_e_wilson@hotmail.com)
     
  2. A list of winners will appear on the website (www.nfsps.com) and in 3rd quarter Strophes (August). All prize winners will be notified, and others may obtain a list of winners in August by sending $1.00 and a #10 SASE to Paul Ford, Strophes Editor, 10239 Hickory Point Drive, Sandy, UT 84092.

  11.  How to submit poems:

  1. Send two clear copies of the poem, typed, photocopied, or computer-generated, on 8-1/2" x 11" white paper (no onionskin or tissue) in black ink, single-spaced. If poem is over one page, staple together all pages of each copy.
     
  2. On both copies, place number and name of contest in upper left corner.
     
  3. On second copy only, name and address, phone number, and E-mail address of poet, state society membership or "NON-MEMBER NFSPS " in upper right corner. If a poem is over one page, number pages also on upper right corner (both copies).
     
  4. Separate originals from duplicates and stack in numerical order (1-50) with originals on top. Count them.
     
  5. Prepare a 3"x5" lined file card Leave the first line blank) with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available), state/society membership (or "NON-MEMBER"). List on the card the number but not the whole title of each contest you are entering. List the total number of poems sent (from your count). Do not staple the card to entries or entry fee.
     
  6. Mail all entries at one time, unfolded, in a large envelope, including file card and entry fee). Send First Class or Priority Mail or any form of delivery not requiring a signature upon receipt to the Contest Chairman.

    Mail entries to:
    Mikki Pennington
    NFSPS Contest Chair
    P. O. Box 7842
    Moore, OK 73153

    All entries received postage due will be returned by the Postal Service

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