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awarding $1000 + publication + 50 books


We have a winner for the contest. She is Mara Scrupe, from Philadelphia, PA, for her manuscript Beast. Runner-up is Chad Hanson, of Casper, Wy. Four HMs are Bryanne Nanfito of Wallingford, CT; Michael Owens of Cypress, TX; John Ronan of Gloucester, MA; and Philip White of Danville, KY. The judge for this year's contest was John Witte of Eugene, OR, who teaches at the University of Oregon. Mara's book will be going into production almost immediately, and will make its appearance at Convention in Florida in June.

Amy Zook, contest chairman



         Except for previous Stevens winners, open to all poets writing in English

        48-70 page poetry manuscript by a single author

         Typewritten or computer printed, NO illustrations

         No author identification anywhere in manuscript

         Pages numbered, no more than one poem per page

         May include previously published poems (acknowledgments on separate sheet)

         Simultaneous and multiple submissions permitted

         Enclosed in a plain file folder and/or held by a manuscript clip, NO staples or binding

         No certified or registered mail; no disks


Include two title pages, one with no author ID, the other with name, address including zip and phone , if applicable, state poetry society membership and which state. Include a table of contents.


Enclose a business-size (#10) self-addressed, stamped envelope to be notified of the results in January 2015.  Manuscripts will be recycled.

Notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.



All manuscripts will be reviewed for compliance with guidelines and overall quality by the competition Chairman. Approximately 100 will be sent, without identification or acknowledgments, to an independent judge, who will remain anonymous until the results are announced.


The winning manuscript will be published by the NFSPS Press, and the book will be available for sale at the NFSPS annual convention, on the web, and elsewhere in June 2015.


Address for Submissions:

Amy Jo Zook, Chairman
NFSPS Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition
3520 State Route 56
Mechanicsburg, OH 43044



Submission Period: August 1-October 15, 2014 (postmark deadline)


Entry Fee: $20 for NFSPS members, $25 for nonmembers

(Members of state poetry societies affiliated with NFSPS are members.)


Past Judges: David Baker, Michael Dennis Browne, Michael Bugeja, Anne Marx, Sue Brannan Walker, Kenneth Brewer, David Sutherland, Donna Salli, Bruce Eastman, Ruth Berman, Peter Meinke, Lawson Inada, Patricia Fargnoli, Jeff Gundy, Carolyne Wright, Ralph Burns, Lola Haskins, Jessica Garratt, Maggie Anderson, and Glenna Holloway


Recent Winners: Copies of the current winning volume of the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition, Betsy Hughes's Breaking Weather, are available through the NFSPS website Publications:

2009***Sara Ries, Come In, We're Open, Buffalo, NY
2010***Rawdon Tomlinson, Lines from a Surgeon's Children 1862-1865, Denver, CO
2011*** Jennifer Habel Good Reason, Cincinnati, OH
2012***Lisa Ampleman, Full Cry, Cincinnati, OH,
2013***Betsy M. Hughes,Breaking Weather, Dayton, OH,