National Federation Of State Poetry Societies, Inc.
Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest

Rules: 2018 annual competition

1. There are two divisions: Grade 6-8 (Junior Division) and Grades 9-12 (Senior Division). Each state may submit ten (10) poems in each division. Poems may have been printed and/or have won previous awards. Contests at state level may have occurred anytime in 2017 or 2018.

2. The competition is open to all USA students in grades 6 – 12. Public, private, and homeschools are eligible for entry by individual NFSPS member states.

3. Submit two copies of each poem. Put the division (junior or senior) in the upper left corner of both copies. One copy must have student’s ID in upper right corner. The ID information is student name, school name and address, student grade level, and the student’s language arts/English teacher’s name. The second copy must not have ID information. Do not send a copy with any other marking - there should be no indication of prior award granted by the state.

4. Each poem must be neatly typed or computer-generated, and have no more than 35 lines including space lines with no line having more than 60 characters including spaces and punctuation. Every poem entered should appear on a single sheet. Do not staple the two copies of the poem together. It is suggested that each state representative keep a copy of poems entered.

5. There should be no large or unusual fonts or illustrations. Times New Roman is the suggested font. No font larger than 12 point should be used. Winning poems are scanned for the award anthology and large and/or unusual fonts impede the process. Larger fonts also make it impossible to confine the poem to one page, which is required.

6. Each entrant must make a declaration of originality. The statement should appear on the bottom of the ID copy only. The form below is acceptable:

I certify that this poem is my original work, and has not been copied in whole or part from any author’s poems in print or posted on the Internet.

Signed: __________________________________________

7. Separate poems into respective divisions. Within each division separate the ID copy from the anonymous copy meant for judges. Include a cover letter identifying the Manningham (Youth) Chairperson to whom the report on the contests will be mailed.

8. Entries must be received by March 1, 2018.

Send entries to:
Budd Mahan
7059 Spring Valley Road
 Dallas, TX 75254

Ten prizes will be awarded in each division: First Place - $75, Second Place - $50, Third Place - $40, Fourth Place - $35, Fifth Place - $30, and five Honorable Mentions - $10 each. All winning poems will be published in the Manningham Trust Poetry Student Award Anthology. Winners will receive complimentary copies. The schools of each winning student will receive a complimentary copy for the school library. Notice of winners report will be sent to each state’s Manningham (Youth) Chair no later by May 20, 2018. Awards (certificates, checks, anthologies) will also be mailed to the state chairperson. Each state is responsible for distributing prizes to winners and winning schools. The top winning poems will be read to NFSPS members at the Convention held in June 2018.

Entries by individual students are allowed. No individual entry will supersede a state’s collective entries, but in cases in which a state has no NFSPS affiliation or sends no entries, an individual entry may qualify for judging.NFSPS looks forward to each state’s participation in the Manningham Poetry Trust’s annual contests. Questions may be directed to the chairperson at the addresses/numbers below.

Budd Powell Mahan
Manningham Trust Student Poetry Awards Chair

7059 Spring Valley Road
Dallas, TX 75254
972-788-4944

buddmahan@att.net


MANNINGHAM TRUST STUDENT POETRY WINNERS FOR 2017


JUNIOR DIVISION:

FIRST PLACE FIRST HONORABLE MENTION
Shalini Kishore Maya Woods
Ode to a Jasmine Flower Remember Me
The Hockaday School White Station Middle School
Dallas, Texas Memphis, Tennessee
TEACHER: Allyson Williams TEACHER: Karla Varriano
SECOND PLACE SECOND HONORABLE MENTION
Neve Ann McGuire Conner Chockley
November Haiku Ars Poetica
Create Solutions Tutoring St. Albert Catholic School
Ashland, Oregon Council Bluffs, Iowa
TEACHER: Michael King TEACHER: Fran Shorey
THIRD PLACE THIRD HONORABLE MENTION
Minnathi Reddivari Lily Forbes
Tennessee Defeat
White Station School The Hockaday School
Memphis, Tennessee Dallas, Texas
TEACHER: Karla Varriano TEACHER: Diane Glasser
FOURTH PLACE FOURTH HONORABLE MENTION
Gina Miele Josephine Sinwell
Audacity Not a Plain Kind of Orange
The Hockaday School The Hockaday School
Dallas, Texas Dallas, Texas
TEACHER: Diane Glasser TEACHER: Lisa Waugh
FIFTH PLACE FIFTH HONORABLE MENTION
Ashlyn Marcum Jovi Vander Beek
Thick White Pages This is Life in Iowa
Holyoke Junior High School Jefferson Intermediate School
Holyoke, Colorado Pella, Iowa
TEACHER: Amber Schroetlin TEACHER: Jill Jansen

SENIOR DIVISION:

   
FIRST PLACE FIRST HONORABLE MENTION
Maria Gray Elizabeth Dang
Genesis 3 A Modern Narcissus
St. Mary's Academy Germantown High School
Portland, Oregon Germantown, Tennessee
TEACHER: Sara Salvi TEACHER: Bill Pullen
SECOND PLACE SECOND HONORABLE MENTION
Jia Mei Omair Hassan
First Encounter Helen Speaks
Germantown High School Sylvania South High School
Germantown, Tennessee Sylvania, Ohio
TEACHER: Bill Pullen TEACHER: Darlene Blakely
THIRD PLACE  THIRD HONORABLE MENTION 
James Arnold Cooper Breanne Anderson
furious beautiful Unwanted
Mayo High School Chariton High School
Rochester, Minnesota Chariton, Iowa
TEACHER:Stefanir Whitney TEACHER: Joy Root
FOURTH PLACE FOURTH HONORABLE MENTION
Adam Nayak Gabrielle Cohn
black-eyed susan In Lieu of Sleep
Cleveland High School Wilson High School
Portland, Oregon Portland, Oregon
TEACHER: Keri Troehler TEACHER: Joy Root
FIFTH PLACE FIFTH HONORABLE MENTION
Kaitee Steuert Jennifer Xiao
In Return Duende
St. Mary's Academy White Station High School
Portland, Oregon Memphis, Tennessee
TEACHER: Sara Salvi TEACHER: Monique Fisher