New England Poetry Club

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


CONTESTS ARE OPEN THROUGH THE MONTH OF MAY

The Board of the New England Poetry Club has revised its contests and is excited to announce the following prizes, which are open to all writers in English. We hope you will be inspired to send your work.

Samuel Washington Allen Prize    For a long poem or poem sequence of 3 to 10 pages, single-spaced.

This prize honors the legacy of the African-American poet, translator, professor, and former New England Poetry Club leader, Samuel Washington Allen, who also published as Paul Vesey.

E. E. Cummings Prize    For a compelling, lyrical, or experimental poem under 21 lines.

This prize recognizes one of the New England Poetry Club's most famous charter members.

Amy Lowell Prize    For an outstanding poem of any length or style.

This prize recognizes the charismatic poet who was the New England Poetry Club's first president.

Der-Hovanessian Prize     For a translation from any language; the original poem should be authored by someone other than the translator. Include the poem in the original language along with the translation. 

This long-standing prize is named in honor of poet and translator Diana Der-Hovanessian who led the New England Poetry Club with vision and energy for decades.

For information on Book Prizes and Student Contests, see the New England Poetry Club website: nepoetryclub.org

HOW TO ENTER

Submission Period

April and May only; entries received outside these months will not be considered.
Winners announced online in August/September.

Guidelines : Please read all the guidelines carefully.

  • Only one poem per contest.
  • Entries must be original unpublished (neither print nor online) poems in English.
  • No poem may be entered in more than one contest, nor should it have won a previous NEPC contest. 
  • On a SEPARATE COVER SHEET, provide the author's name and contact information (email address is preferred) and list the poem titles and contests entered (e.g. "The Wasteland" -- Samuel Washington Allen Prize).
  • The name of the contest should appear at the top of the page for each poem submitted. 
  • DO NOT INCLUDE ANY INFORMATION IDENTIFYING THE AUTHOR (except on the cover sheet).
  • The cover sheet and submitted poems should be included in ONE DOCUMENT

Cost
Free for Members (Membership information here. Joining is easy.) Non-members may enter by paying $5 for each poem submitted.

Prizes and Recognition
Winners of individual poem contests will receive:

  • ·  $250
  • ·  Publication of winning poems on NEPC website
  • ·  Opportunity to read at the NEPC (travel expenses not included)

Selection Process

Contests judges are well-known poets who may have won previous NEPC contests.
Judges read manuscripts with no identifying information. 

Judges reserve the right not to select a winner.
The New England Poetry Club will not engage in correspondence regarding poems submitted or contest decisions.

Rights

We require First Rights and won't consider poems that have been self-published, published online, or posted to blogs. All rights revert to the author upon publication.



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