CASH PRIZES: First Place: $1000.00 Second Place: $500.00 Third place $250.00
Each winner will also receive 25 complimentary copies of the chapbook to give family or friends, or to sell while they are at the convention.
The BlackBerry Peach Awards are a new, beginning in 2017, major NFSPS competition that challenges poets to present their original poetry in print and spoken word for substantial cash prizes and the opportunity to speak and be heard at the national level.
Open to all poets writing/speaking in
Original work by a single author
Submit 4 audio files in .mp3 or .WAV
format; each file (poem) limited to 3 minutes' duration.
Voice only, please (no musical or percussion accompaniment).
can add music, finger snaps,
dance, etc. during performance at the
convention or in subsequent recordings, as long as the music is
original and/or not protected by copyright.
video files, please; videos will be accepted of the winners after
announced. Props and background music, etc. are subject to the same
copyright restrictions as mentioned above.
Submit a printed transcript of the poems as
a single document in Word or .pdf format. Insert a page break
between each poem. Title each poem.
No author identification anywhere in
transcript or on the audio files; no biographical information that
could disclose your identity. Do not include your name as part of
either audio or
written file name. Substitute a fictitious name if
your real name is in a title or poem; if you win, you can put your
real name back into the work before publication.
Pages of transcript numbered, one poem, one
column per page. Poems may be continued on a second or third page,
but do not put two poems on the same page.
space your transcript. Use 12-point type in Times New Roman or
similar font. Do not use fancy type fonts.
not submit acknowledgments for previously published poems. If you
win, you will be asked to supply an acknowledgments page for the
not include dedications of your poems in your transcript. If you
win, you will be able to add dedications before publication of the
chapbook, at the discretion of the editor.
Only one entry of four poems per
contestant, please. Multiple entries will disqualify all
submissions from that contestant.
Because the chapbook will contain the work
of three poets, the BBP3 Chair and/or chapbook editor will determine
its design, including cover and supplemental text.
The first place winner will not be eligible
to compete in the following year.
While we honor your First Amendment right of free
speech, be aware that any profanity used must be necessary to the
literary integrity of the poem. Our judge will view the gratuitous
use of profanity as a crutch for shoddy craftsmanship or as a cliché
that has lost its shock value.
The NFSPS will not give prizes for, nor publish,
work that perpetuates derogatory stereotypes. Nor will it accept
work that is obscene, prurient or sexually graphic, hate-mongering,
or abusive of any social, racial, ethnic, religious, or gender group.
The winner of this first contest will set the bar, so bring your A
Submissions will be accepted between 1 January
and 15 March 2017 using the Submittable.com online system, which will
be accessible only during that time.
Entry fee and payments:
The submission fee is $10 for NFSPS members, $15
for nonmembers. Members of state poetry societies affiliated with
NFSPS are members. Click here State Poetry
Societies to see
if your organization is an NFSPS
affiliate. Pay at Submittable.com with a credit card or PayPal.
Online Submissions Only.
NFSPS uses Submittable.com, an online
submissions manager, to receive contest entries. Visit
nfsps.submittable.com/submit for further information.
Be sure both
audio and document files are ready on your computer before you begin
the submission process, because the online entry operation will
direct you to upload them in tandem.
The Submittable.com account is free, simple
to set up, and instantly usable. If you currently have a Submittable
account, you may use it to enter the competition.
If you do not have
an account, use the online sign-up to get your free, personal, and
Create an audio file in mp3 or WAV format
of your four poems, performed in the order they will appear on the
accompanying document file. Do not identify yourself
on the audio,
but give the title of each poem you perform.
Create a single document file in Word or
.pdf format that contains your four poems, arranged in the order you
will perform them. That is the way they will go into the book,
should you be a winner. Title each poem and put a page break after
You will be notified automatically that
your entry has been received. Once the contest is over, the files
will be securely archived, and you need not go back to withdraw
All entries will be reviewed for compliance with
guidelines and overall quality by the competition committee.
Approximately 100 entries will be sent, without identification or
to an independent judge, who will remain anonymous
until the results are announced. Results are final.
A video of the winning performance will be
posted on YouTube. The NFSPS website will post a link to the YouTube
presentation and to Amazon.com for chapbook purchase.
NFSPS, Inc. will design and publish a chapbook
containing, at the editor's discretion, the four poems from each of
the three prizewinners. NFSPS will publish the prizewinning entries
in a 6" by 9"
chapbook that it will market on Amazon.com.
NFSPS, Inc., the publisher, will receive all proceeds from Amazon.com
sales. NFSPS reserves first printing rights, which then revert to the
Each winner will receive 25 complimentary copies of the
chapbook to give family or friends, or to sell while they are at the
For additional information, contact Joseph
Cavanaugh, BBP3 Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.