NEW: We will be taking a break from contests until later this summer as we concentrate on judging entries to our two most recent contests and on publishing a new book or two. If you have a suggestion for our next contest, please send a message via our "Contact" page or send an email to

 In celebration of National Poetry Month and beyond, we sponsored three poetry contests - a short poems contest, an ekphrastic poetry contest and a quarantine poems contest. All contests are now closed. Winners of our short poems contest and our ekphrastic poems contest are noted on our "Poems" page.  Winners for our quarantine contest will be announce by the end of July, 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 -  See the list of winners below. A link to the winning poems and author bios is on our "Poems" page.

Congratulations to the following winners of our Quarantine Poems Contest: Ruthie Zolla (1st) with “On Missing,” Wayne Allen Jones (2nd) with “When I’d Been Alone Too Long,” Keyan Kaplan (3rd) with “For My Wife,” Ryan Cote (honorable mention) with “One Morning During the Pandemic,” Robert Allen with “A Member of the Team” (honorable mention) and Russell Rowland (honorable mention) with “Taps.”  See the poems and author bios on our "Poems" page.
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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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Ekphrastic Poetry Contest (poetry meets art) & Short Poems Contest:  See winners and poems on our "POEMS" page. 

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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)

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. 

Prizes courtesy of Liz and Brian Critchley of Chantilly, Virginia and members of Peterborough Poetry Project

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.