New - Postcard Poetry Anthology Submissions

SUMMARY:  Find a picture postcard (no larger than 4.25” x 6”) that inspires you to write, ideally one printed before 1924 or without a copyright (©) notice. (items published before 1924 are in the public domain and can be reproduced without obtaining permission.)
  - Write a poem that will fit on the postcard, in no smaller than 10 point type if using a computer.
  - Mail the card with the poem written on or affixed to either side of the postcard OR the poem can 
accompany the postcard inside an envelope. If you have a used card, you will have to envelope it. Include your name, mailing address & email address on the card or in the envelope.
  - Mail to: PPP/PO Box 247/Peterborough NH 03458 no later than November 30th
  - No fee/any U. S. resident may enter/Maximum 2 entries per poet.

  - If you want to enter but cannot find a postcard, contact us at peterboroughpoetry (AT) so we can assist you or use the "Contact" page on this website.
Please see more intricate details and suggestions below:    

Our new Postcard Poetry contest starts now, with a prize of publication awarded to the top several dozen entries, depending on overall quality of submissions. For publication purposes only, this contest also will merge with our recent postcard poetry contest, designed to amplify the importance of the Postal Service. Postcard poems submitted to the previous contest will be considered for publication, pending poet permission. Poets who participated in the previous contest also may enter this one.
  Between the two types of contests, we will select several dozen poems for publication in an anthology. Authors of the top 10 poems will receive a complimentary copy of publication.   In addition to publication, we will award cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the new contest.
Maximum of two submissions per poet. Submit a picture postcard (new or used) with an accompanying poem by mail to:
 PPP/PO Box 247/Peterborough NH 03458.
MORE: The poem subject is not restricted to being about the picture; poems can be about the place, the origin of the postcard, where it was sent from, to whom or where, what you’re thinking about when you look at the postcard - or indirectly related (or not related!) to the postcard imagery.
  The poem can be any length, as long as it fits on the postcard. Write it on the postcard directly, using some or all available space, or type separately and securely affix the poem to the postcard. If using a computer, print in no smaller than 10 point type. Using an attachment technically makes the card subject to $.55 postage, so you should enclose the postcard in an envelope if you do this, and you will have to use an envelope for the card if it has already been used.  You also can type your poem out and make sure it is not too long or large to fit on the postcard; submit the poem and postcard in an envelope. Include your name, mailing address & email address on the card or in the envelope.
  We recommend taking a look at some “postcard poems” in Rattle #68 and also the “joy of postcards” article in Rattle #69* for some thoughts about poems on postcards. While your poem will be written on the back or superimposed on the front of the postcard, the poem should stand on its own merit as an artistic literary piece.
  What to do if you have no postcards:  check with family and friends, visit one of these websites: It’s preferable to use postcards printed 1923 or before or without copyright notices on them, but if you have no such postcards, use whatever postcard you like and we will work out publication details if your poem is chosen. If you need more help, send me an email.
*Links to “Rattle” articles below:

In anticipation of a high volume of entries, we will only acknowledge receipt of your entry if you include a stamped self-addressed postcard with your entry. Questions are always welcome.

October 10th USPS UPDATE:  We have submitted a formal proposal to the U.S. Postal Service regarding our Poems on Postcards concept.  It has passed the initial consideration. We should know more by the end of the month if they are interested in collaborating with us.

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 In celebration of National Poetry Month and beyond, we sponsored three poetry contests from April through July - a short poems contest, an ekphrastic poetry contest and a quarantine poems contest. All contests are now closed. Winners of all three contests are noted on our "Poems" page, along with links to the poems and author bios.  See below for general contest info.
NOTE: All of our contests are open only to residents of the U.S.A. with a valid U.S. mailing address, but unless stated otherwise, entry is by email. 

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For all contests, please include your U.S. mailing address and any other helpful contact info, and if you are new to our contests let us know how you heard about the contest(s). Thanks!
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Our Poems of NH contest resulted in a book of 48 of the best poems from the contest: “On and Off the Road: Poems of New Hampshire.” (ISBN 978-1-7352698-0-1)

Our second book is now available - "Out of Darkness."

Both books are available by mail order for $12 each to Peterborough Poetry Project, PO Box 247, Peterborough, NH 03458...and at the Toadstool Bookshops (online at phone 603-924-3543

2019 Student Poetry Contest  

Our first contest winners (from 41 entries) were announced at the Peterborough Book Fair on May 12th. Judges Sebastian Lockwood (local poet, storyteller, and audiobook narrator} and Leslie Orsini (retired English teacher and journalist) chose "My Unicorn" by Alexandra LaChance of the Pierce Elementary School as the winner of the elementary school entries, and "Bike" by Charlotte Lee of the Francestown Elementary School as the runner-up. Alexandra and Charlotte both read their poems to the Book Fair audience after the 1:00 p.m. announcement.

Ashley Hardwick was just a bit proud as you might be able to tell from her reaction to her daughter Alexandra being chosen the winner: The proud winner of all elementary school entrants in the Peterborough Poetry Project Poetry Contest! And to top it off she bravely read her winning poem aloud to the whole book fair on a mic! Best Mother’s Day Present ever!

Aviva Jeffrey of The Well School wrote the winning middle school poem, "Stage Lights," and Lucy Jackson of The Mountain Shadows School wrote the runner-up poem, "Sunrises."

Congratulations to Alexandra, Charlotte, Aviva, and Lucy! See all four poems below:

My Unicorn (by Alexandra LaChance)     

My unicorn with its silver horn
Glitters in the night under the moonlight
While I sleep she stays beside me, until the sun rises
I awaken and smell some bacon, to school I go and she won’t be taken

BIKE (by Charlotte Lee)

Bring out your bikes spring is here!
In, out, up down riding bikes around the town
Kites, hikes or bring out bikes.
Even though it is still cold out there ride your bikes everywhere

STAGE LIGHTS (by Aviva Jeffrey)

Whether they think I’m talented, or they think I don’t belong,
I’ll never be able to tell as I express my song.
So it doesn’t matter what they think because I cannot see
It only matters what I think because I am set free.

SUNRISES (by Lucy Jackson)

Hues of pink, and orange
Silhouetting earth’s beauty,
Like a cake baking.