WINNERS OF 2017 CONTESTS

The NFSPS conducts poetry contests in the spring of each year. Given below are descriptions of the contests. These contests have a March 15, 2018, postmark for their deadline. Note contests  2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 22, 23, 25, 27, 33, 36, 35, 37, 39, 40, 43, 46,and 48, and 49  NFSPS *Members Only.

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59th ANNUAL CONVENTION ~ 2018
ANNUAL CONTESTS

1. NFSPS FOUNDERS AWARD (to honor Mary B. Wall)
Electronic entry available for NFSPS Founders Award at Submittable.com 
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 100 line limit. Sponsored by the NFSPS,
Inc.Entry fee for members and non-members: $5 per poem.
Limit: 4 poems per contestant
1st Prize: $1,000. 2nd Prize: $500. 3rd Prize: $250..

*2. THE DIAMOND T AWARD (*Members Only)
In memory of Harvey Jordan Turner. Subject: Cowboy Poetry,
detailing the life of a cowboy at work, past and present cowboys
(See Baxter Black for examples). Form: Any. 50 line limit.
Sponsored by: the Diamond T Ranch Families.
1st Prize: $500. 2nd Prize: $300. 3rd Prize: $200.

3. THE NFSPS BOARD AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Rondeau: 15 lines divided into 3 stanzas,
rhymed aabba, aabR aabbaaR. The first half of the first line is
repeated as a refrain(R). Use either 8 or 10 syllables per line. Be
consistent throughout. See "In Flanders Fields" for example.
Sponsored by the NFSPS Executive and Appointive boards.
1st Prize: $280. 2nd Prize: $130. 3rd Prize: $90.

4. THE MARGO AWARD
In memory of Margo LaGattuta who encouraged poetry in every
one shemet. Subject: Animals. Form: Any. 50 line limit. Sponsored
by her friends.
1st Prize: $225. 2nd Prize: $125. 3rd Prize: $75.

5. WINNERS’ CIRCLE AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 80 line limit. Sponsored by previous prize
winners in Contest 1, NFSPS Founders Award: Shirley Elliott
Cosby, Diane Glancy, Harriet Stovall Kelley, Anne McCrady, Pat
Stodghill, Pat Underwood.
1st Prize: $225. 2nd Prize: $100. 3rd Prize: $75.

  * 6. DONALD STODGHILL MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by Pat Stodghill. To honor the memory of Don Stodghill, who served
as President of the Poetry Society of Texas and Legal Advisor of NFSPS.
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit.
1st Prize: $200. 2nd Prize: $100. 3rd Prize: $50.

* 7. GEORGIA POETRY SOCIETY AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Georgia Poetry Society.
Subject: The American South--- historical events, cultural aspects,
landscapes, weather, etc. Form: Any. 40 line limit.
1st Prize: $150. 2nd Prize: $75. 3rd Prize: $25.

* 8. POETRY SOCIETY OF TEXAS AWARD (*Members Only)
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Texas. Subject: Any. Form: Any.
40 line limit.
1st Prize: $125. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

*9. THE CHILDREN’S HOUR AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: Poetry for Children. Form: Any rhymed form. 40 line limit.
Sponsored by The Turner and Rabke families in honor of grandchildren
everywhere.
1st Prize: $100. 2nd Prize: $60. 3rd Prize: $40.

*10. AL LASTER MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: An Ekphrastic Poem—written in response to viewing a
painting, photograph, sculpture, drawing, or other piece of visual
art. Form: Any. 50 line limit. Sponsored by the Connecticut Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $100. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

11. FLORIDA STATE POETS ASSOCIATION, INC. AWARD
Subject: A Celebration of Florida History or Culture or any other
Florida topic, historic or contemporary. Form: Any. 40 line limit.
Sponsored by the Florida State Poets Association, Inc.
1st Prize: $100. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

*12. ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD(*Members Only)
In honor of John Chambers, Riley Kelly, Helen Norris, and all the
other ASPS poets we have lost. Subject: So, why is it called

"
Alabama the Beautiful"? Form: Any. 50 line limit. Sponsored by
the Alabama State Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

13. LAND OF ENCHANTMENT AWARD
Subject: A Poem Related to “Borders,” real or imagined. Form: Any.
40 line limit. Sponsored by the New Mexico State Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

14. THE VIRGINIA CORRIE-COZART MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: Art, Music, and/or Dance. Form: Any. 40 line limit.
Sponsored by her friends in the Peregrine Writers.
1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $50. 3rd Prize: $25.

15. ARIZONA STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: "Last Year’s Vacation." Form: Any. 40 line limit.
Sponsored by the Arizona State Poetry Society (ASPS).
1st Prize: $75. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

*16. MILDRED VORPAHL BAASS REMEMBRANCE AWARD(*Members Only)
In loving remembrance of Mildred Vorpahl Baass, who served two
terms as Poet Laureate of Texas, 1993-1994 and 1994-1995.
Subject: Domestic Cats–their endearing habits, intelligence, loyalty,
beauty, etc. (no reference to cruelty or abuse).
Form :Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by her daughter, Nancy Baass.
1st Prize: $60, 2nd Prize: $40, 3rd Prize: $20.

17. LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA POETS AWARD
In memory of John Rezmerski. Subject: Any. Form: Free Verse. 45 line limit.
Sponsored by the League of Minnesota Poets.
1st Prize: $60. 2nd Prize: $40. 3rd Prize: $20.

18. JESSICA C. SAUNDERS MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Villanelle. Line Limit: 19. Sponsored by the Shavano
Poets Society of Colorado.
1st Prize: $60. 2nd Prize: $40. 3rd Prize:$20.

19. POETRY SOCIETY OF INDIANA AWARD
Subject: Barefoot in the Summer. Form: Any. 40 line limit.
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Indiana.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

20. NEVADA POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Any. (but strong on imagery). 40 line limit.
Sponsored by the Nevada Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

21. WILLIAM STAFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD
In memory of William Stafford, Oregon's late Poet Laureate and
twice Honorary Chancellor of NFSPS. Subject: Any. Form : Any.
40 line limit. Sponsored by the Oregon Poetry Association and
friends of William Stafford.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

22. THE NEW YORK POETRY FORUM AWARD
Subject: The Art of Poetry. Form :Any. 40 line limit.
Sponsored by the New York Poetry Forum.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

*23. COLUMBINE POETS OF COLORADO AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: Reflections. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Columbine
Poets of Colorado.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

24. MORTON D. PROUTY & ELSIE S. PROUTY MEMORIAL AWARD
In memory of Morton D. Prouty Jr., who served as NFSPS Treasurer
and Poet Laureate of Alabama and Elsie S. Prouty. Subject:A Nature Poem. |
Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by daughters, Catherine P. Horn and Carol
P. Ostberg and their families.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

*25. POETS ROUND TABLE OF ARKANSAS AWARD(*Members Only)
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Poets Roundtable of
Arkansas.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

26. LOUISIANA STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 lines or less. Sponsored by the Louisiana State
Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

*27. FREEDA MURPHY MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
In memory of Freeda Murphy. Subject: Any. Form :Any. 28 line limit.Sponsored
by the Poetry Society of Texas.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

28. CLAIRE VAN BREEMEN DOWNES MEMORIAL AWARD
To honor the memory of Claire van Breemen Downes, Contest Chair (1997-99).
Subject: Any. Form: Sonnet. Sponsored by Alan Downes and friends of Claire.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

29. UTAH STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: Heritage. Form: Any. 50 line limit. Sponsored by the Utah State Poetry
Society.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.

30. CSPS JAMES E. MACWHINNEY MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Blank Verse - Iambic Pentameter. 50 line limit.
Sponsored by the California State Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: 20.

31. ILLINOIS STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: Books. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Illinois State
Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20

32. OHIO AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit.Sponsored by the Ohio Poetry
 Association.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15.

*33. MINUTE AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: Capture a Slice of Life. Form: A Minute Poem, created by
Verna Lee Hinegardner.A60 syllable, 12 line poem in strict iambic
meter, syllable count for each line is: 8444. Rhyme Scheme: aabbcc / ddeeff.
Capitalize and punctuate. Sponsored by Sharon Martin Turner.
1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15.

34. POETRY SOCIETY OF MICHIGAN AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Free Verse. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Poetry Society
of Michigan.
1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15

35. MISSISSIPPI POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Sonnet (Indicate sonnet pattern on entry).
Sponsored by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc.
1st Prize: $35. 2nd Prize: $25. 3rd Prize: $15

*36. JESSE STUART MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Kentucky State
Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

*37. HUMOROUS POETRY AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: Humorous. Form: Rhymed. 16 line limit. Sponsored by Colleen Stanley
Bare.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

38. BARBARA STEVENS MEMORIAL AWARD
Subject: Any Serious Theme. Form: Any. 12 line limit. Sponsored by the South
Dakota Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

*39. ALICE MAKENZIESWAIM MEMORIAL AWARD(*Members Only)
Subject: Any. Form: Traditional Sonnet (indicate sonnet pattern on entry). Sponsored
 by the Pennsylvania Poetry Society, Inc.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15

*40. POETRY SOCIETY OF OKLAHOMA AWARD(*Members Only)
In memory of Clark Elliott Subject: Any. Form: Trimeric,13 line limit.
Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Oklahoma.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

41. SAVE OUR EARTH AWARD
In memory of David F. Balph. Subject: Environmental Issues. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by Martha H. Balph.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

42. MASSACHUSETTS STATE POETRY SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Massachusetts State
Poetry Society.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

*43. POETRY SOCIETY OF TENNESSEE AWARD(*Members Only)
In memory of Michael Dennington. Subject: Any. Form: Any, but poem must contain references to at least three of the five senses. 30 line limit. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Tennessee.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

44. IOWA POETRY ASSOCIATION AWARD
Subject: Poetry For Children. Form :Any. 32 line limit.Sponsored by the Iowa Poetry Association.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

45. WYOPOETS AWARD
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Wyopoets of Wyoming.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

*46. SAN ANTONIO POETS ASSOCIATION AWARD(*Members Only)
Subject: A river runs through it... Form: Any. 32 line limit. Sponsored by the
San Antonio Poets Association, a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas for
39 years.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

47. MAINE POETS SOCIETY AWARD
Subject: the Sea or Seacoast. Form: Any. 40 line limit. Sponsored by the Maine
Poets Society, fostering poetry since1936.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize:$15.

*48. MIRIAM S. STRAUSS MEMORIAL AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject :Any. Form: Terza Rima Sonnet – 14 lines IambicPentameter,
rhyme scheme: aba bcb cdc ded ee Sponsored by Russell H. Strauss.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize: $15.

*49. THE POETS NORTHWEST AWARD (*Members Only)
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 36 line limit Sponsored by Poets Northwest, a chapter
of the Poetry Society of Texas, celebrating 32 years of encouraging and inspiring
poets in their craft.
1st Prize: $25. 2nd Prize: $20. 3rd Prize:$15.


50.
STUDENT AWARD
Electronic entry available for NFSPS Founders Award at Submittable.com  
Subject: Any. Form: Any. 32 line limit. Sponsored by Nancy Baass and the NFSPS.
1st Prize: $50. 2nd Prize: $30. 3rd Prize: $20.
7 Honorable Mentions: $5 each.

No entry fee required. Open only to students in grades 9 thru 12.
Include grade with name and summer mailing address on the
second copy only (See Contest Rule 11).

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