Annual Poetry Contest
Closing Date for Submissions: February 1, 2017
Awards Tea April 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm


(2017 Information to be posted in September)     

ELIGIBILITY: *Adults over 18; living within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis.

*Any person having won first prize in the contest twice within the last five years is ineligible for further cash awards but may be cited for honors.

RULES: *Submit TWO TYPED COPIES of TWO poems, which have never been published or won an award. 

*Use 8 1/2 x 11 paper with no more than one poem to a page. 

*Sign with pseudonym ONLY. 

*Type real name, address, e-mail address and telephone number on a separate sheet of paper and enclose with poems.  No manuscripts returned.

SEND TO:Marilyn Sumner, ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST, 42 York Drive, St. Louis, MO 63144

EMAIL: LVcartan@aol.com

PRIZES:  $500,  $300, $150

*author of numerous books of poetry:  More; Line Dance; More; Small Rain; Les Fauves and The Book of Kells
*nominated for 1997 Grammy for her audio part in Grow Old Along with Me-The Best is Yet to Be
*Among the many awards are Pen and Brush Poetry Prize, Ekphrastic Poetry Award, WB Yeats Society of NY   Award, 2000 New Millenium Writing’s Y2K competition and Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award
*served 17 residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a residency at the Moulin a Nef in Auvillar, France
*Her Poetry has been read on the BBC, ABC, and by Garrison Keillor




(2017 Information to be posted in September)    

ELIGIBILITY:  High School Students in Grades 9 through 12 in the St. Louis Area

RULES: :Entries must be submitted through the English Department.  Each student must submit TWO copies of TWO original poems, one per page, signed with a pen name along with one completed official entry form per student.

FOR ENTRY FORMS OR QUESTIONS EMAIL: nanstarling@chater.net

SEND TO::Nan Starling, Junior Poetry Contest, 14 Upper Conway Lane, St. Louis, MO  63017

STUDENT PRIZES:  $200,  $150,  $100, $80, $50, and up to five $25 honorable mentions

TEACHER AWARDS:  $200, $150, $100 (Applies to teachers of first three student winners)

*author of eight collections of poetry
*published in Best of the American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 1999, 2006, 2013 and The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry
*winner of multiple awards, including the Pushcart Prize, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim, Oregon Book Award
*professor at North Carolina State University’s creative writing program and the MFA in Writing Program at Pacific University