NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE POETRY SOCIETIES

Manningham Trust Competition Rules and Guidelines

1. There are two divisions: Grade 6-8 (Junior Division) and Grades 9-12 (Senior Division). Each state may submit ten (10) poems in each division. Poems may have been printed and/or have won previous awards. Contests at state level may have occurred anytime in 2018 or 2019.

2. The competition is open to all USA students in grades 6 – 12. Public, private, and homeschools are eligible for entry by individual NFSPS member states.

3. Submit two copies of each poem. Put the division (junior or senior) in the upper left corner of both copies. One copy must have student’s ID in upper right corner. The ID information is student name, school name and address, student grade level, and the student’s language arts/English teacher’s name. The second copy must not have ID information. Do not send a copy with any other marking - there should be no indication of prior award granted by the state.

4. Each poem must be neatly typed or computer-generated, and have no more than 35 lines including space lines with no line having more than 60 characters including spaces and punctuation. Every poem entered should appear on a single sheet. Do not staple the two copies of the poem together. It is suggested that each state representative keep a copy of poems entered.

5. There should be no large or unusual fonts or illustrations. Times New Roman is the suggested font. No font larger than 12 point should be used. Winning poems are scanned for the award anthology and large and/or unusual fonts impede the process. Larger fonts also make it impossible to confine the poem to one page, which is required.

6. Each entrant must make a declaration of originality. The statement should appear on the bottom of the ID copy only. The form below is acceptable:

I certify that this poem is my original work, and has not been copied in whole or part from any author’s poems in print or posted on the Internet.

Signed: __________________________________________

7. Separate poems into respective divisions. Within each division separate the ID copy from the anonymous copy meant for judges. Include a cover letter identifying the Manningham (Youth) Chairperson to whom the report on the contests will be mailed.

8. Entries must be received by March 1, 2019.

Send entries to:
Susan Stevens Chambers
57310 166th Lane
Good Thunder, MN 56037

Ten prizes will be awarded in each division: First Place - $75, Second Place - $50, Third Place - $40, Fourth Place - $35, Fifth Place - $30, and five Honorable Mentions - $10 each. All winning poems will be published in the Manningham Trust Poetry Student Award Anthology. Winners will receive complimentary copies. The schools of each winning student will receive a complimentary copy for the school library. Notice of winners report will be sent to each state’s Manningham (Youth) Chair no later by May 20, 2019. Awards (certificates, checks, anthologies) will also be mailed to the state chairperson. Each state is responsible for distributing prizes to winners and winning schools. The top winning poems will be read to NFSPS members at the Convention held in June 2019.

Entries by individual students are allowed. No individual entry will supersede a state’s collective entries, but in cases in which a state has no NFSPS affiliation or sends no entries, an individual entry may qualify for judging.NFSPS looks forward to each state’s participation in the Manningham Poetry Trust’s annual contests. Questions may be directed to the chairperson at the addresses/numbers below.

Susan Stevens Chambers
57310 166th Lane
Good Thunder, MN 56037

schambersmediator@yahoo.com
Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest Chair

JUNIOR DIVISION WINNERS

FIRST PLACE
Bella Robinson
This Big, Dark World
Portland Jewish Academy
Portland, Oregon
Teacher: Harriet Wingard
FIRST HONORABLE MENTION
Khaki Criss
A Wish or a Want
Parish Episcopal School
Dallas, Texas
Teacher: Kimberli Guillory
SECOND PLACE
William Riebel
My Childhood Poem
Judson Middle School
Salem, Oregon
Teacher: Karen Kinnet
SECOND HONORABLE MENTION
Rachael Hayes
A Little too Familiar
Falcon Creek Middle School
Centenniel, Colorado
Teacher: Mrs. Woods
THIRD PLACE
Caitlin Buffington
Thinking Ocean
Falcon Creek Middle School
Centenniel, Colorado
Teacher: Mrs. Woods
THIRD HONORABLE MENTION
Marcus Bebee
I Spoke a Single Word
Mount Juliet Middle School
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Teacher: Cheryle Scudder
FOURTH PLACE
Hanna Phillip
Views of a Vermillion Vineyard
Hockaday School
Coppell, Texas
Teacher: Allyson Williams
FOURTH HONORABLE MENTION
Catherine Gillette
Ode to a Scrunchy
Fernandina Beach Middle School
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Teacher: Heather Stefanski
FIFTH PLACE
Remy Finn
Ode in His Memory
Hockaday School
Coppell, Texas
Teacher: Allyson Williams
FIFTH HONORABLE MENTION
Zainab Nazee
Swish Swoosh
College Prepatory School of America
Lombard, Illinois
Teacher: Ms. Mahvish Ahbed

SENIOR DIVISION WINNERS

FIRST PLACE
Sarah Kim
apothecary of cheongdam-dong
Hinsdale High School
Hinsdale, Illinois
Teacher: NOT LISTED
FIRST HONORABLE MENTION
Isabella Jiang
Monsoon Emblem
Cresskill High School
Cresskill, New Jersey
Teacher: Salma Saeedi
SECOND PLACE
Gloria Wang
Flying Pitch, Skip
Oakton High School
Vienna, Virginia
Teacher: Salma Saeedi
SECOND HONORABLE MENTION
Jenna Sawyer
Alchemy Hour
Lake High School
Uniontown, Ohio
Teacher: Mr. Wise
THIRD PLACE
Gloria Wang
Home is Far from Where I Stand
Oakton High School
Vienna, Virginia
Teacher: Salma Saeedi
THIRD HONORABLE MENTION
Mykaela Reed
Alchemy Hour
Berne Union High School
Sugar Grove, Ohio
Teacher: Amanda McVoy
FOURTH PLACE
Isabella Jiang
Gut Reflex
Cresskill High School
Cresskill, New Jersey
Teacher: Shari Krapels
FOURTH HONORABLE MENTION
Gloria Wang
When the Dinner Bell Rings
Oakton High School
Vienna, Virginia
Teacher: Salma Saeedi
FIFTH PLACE
Isabella Jiang
and if only
Cresskill High School
Cresskill, New Jersey
Teacher: Shari Krapels
FIFTH HONORABLE MENTION
Joe Chen
Art Poetica
Lima Central Catholic High School
Lima, Ohio
Teacher: Kent Krogman