NEW: In celebration of National Poetry Month and beyond, we are currently sponsoring two poetry contests - an ekphrastic poetry contest and a quarantine poems contest. Both contests start now; our ekphrastic contest ends May 29, 2020, and our quarantine contest ends June 14, 2020. See below for more info.
...NOTE: All of our contests are open only to a resident of the U.S.A. with a valid U.S. mailing address, but unless stated otherwise, entry is by email.
~ ~ See below and on our "Poems" page for winners of our Short Poems contest.
Quarantine Poem Contest
Create one poem (per poet) up to 40 lines long about the current “quarantine” situation. Only one (previously unpublished) poem may be entered per person. Poems can be about any aspect of life related to the Covid-19 pandemic, including past, present, and future impacts. Please direct questions about content by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. SEE PRIZE INCREASE BELOW
- Prizes will be at least $100, $50, $25 ( for 1st, 2nd,3rd, respectively).
- Prize updates: (April 26th) $125, $65, $35. (May 15th) - $135, $75, $40. Check in weekly to see if they have increased!
- We will match these prizes with a gift to a nonprofit organization of the winner’s choice.
- Prizes may increase if we receive additional donations to fund this contest.
- Updates to prize amounts will be posted to our website at peterboroughpoetryproject.org/contests.
- Contest begins on April 26th and runs through June 14, 2020.
Send your poem by email to: email@example.com. Use subject “Q Poem Contest.” Your poem can be in the body of your email or in an attachment. Also include your mailing address and any other contact info you’d like to include.
HINTS: Poems can be about any aspect of life related to the covid-19 pandemic and about emotional responses to the virus or to the impact of having to be relatively quarantined; about the past that led up to this situation - or what life might be like in the future because of the Covid-19 crisis. Realize that longer is not always better.
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For all contests, please include your 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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Short Poems Contest (ended April 30th) We had a tie for the best poem, so we have two First Place winners and two poems noted as Honorable Mention. The winners are:
Thomas DeFreitas for "Mount Pleasant Cemetery" and Robert Manchester for "Mist."
Honorable Mentions for Rachel Maher's "How to Describe Blue to a Blind Man" and Sorrell Nielsen for "Eyes."
See the poems on our "Poems" page.
Ekphrastic Poetry Contest (poetry meets art): Now closed; thank you for the many entries. Winners announced by end of June. Prizes = $150/$65/$35 (1st/2nd/3rd)
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...We received 160 entries for our Poems of NH contest, including some from Pacific Coast poets. 48 of the best poems from the contest are published in our book: “On and Off the Road: Poems of New Hampshire.”
Available by mail order for $12 each to Peterborough Poetry Project, PO Box 247, Peterborough, NH 03458...and at the Toadstool Bookshops.
POEMS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE CONTEST FINAL:
Prize Winners are as follows:
1st Place for “Chicken Farmer,” by Mary Spofford French of Pittsfield NH
2nd Place for “Do Not Disturb,” by Mary Spofford French of Pittsfield NH
3rd Place for “Elegy for a Mouse,” by Peaco Todd of Chocorua NH
4th Place for “This Cold is Scratching Like Monkeys,” by Mary Ann Mayer of Sharon MA
5th Place for “Moose Crossing,” by Gwen Hurd of Merrimack NH
Honorable Mention for “Census,” by Beth Haverkamp Powers of Amherst NH
Honorable Mention for “The Old Man and the Mountain,” by Peaco Todd of Chocorua NH
These poems are the first 7 poems on our "Poems" page.
Prizes courtesy of Liz and Brian Critchley of Chantilly, Virginia and members of Peterborough Poetry Project
Coming soon: a new poetry contest.
Student Poetry Contest
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.