Submit Poems to CSPS Monthly Poetry Contests
This contest is open to all poets, whether or not they are members of the CSPS. Reading fees are $1.50 per poem with a $3.00 minimum for members and $3.00 per poem with a $6.00 minimum for non-members. Entries must be postmarked during the month of the contest in which they are entered. They must consist of a first page with all contact information (name, address, telephone number, and email address) and the titles of the poems being submitted. The pages of the poems you submit must have no identifying information on them at all. Submit entries and pay reading fees by mail to:
CSPS Monthly Contest – (Specify Month)
CSPS P.O. BOX 4288 SUNLAND CA 91041-4288
Poems can also be submitted electronically to CSPSMonthlyContests@gmail.com.
All contests are blind judged by Alice Pero, Monthly Contest Chair. The 1st place winner receives half of the prize pool for pools less than $100. For pools of $100 or more, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners receive $50, $10 and $5, respectively. There are no exceptions to the prize disbursement rules. The monthly contest winners are announced on the website (CaliforniaStatePoetrySociety.org) and published on the CSPS Blog (CaliforniaStatePoetrySociety.com) as they are awarded. The winners for the year are listed in the CSPS Newsbriefs.
The current monthly contest topics are the following:
January Nature, Seasons, Landscape, Ecology
February Romance, Love, Emotions
March Open Topic
April Travel, History, Mythology, Other Cultures (other times, other places, alternate worlds)
May Portraits, Persons, Characters (portraits of animals, objects, places with character)
June Open Topic
July Childhood, Memoir, Lessons of the Past
August Humor, Satire, Joy of Life
September Open Topic
October War & Peace, Activism & Politics
November Family, Friendship, Human Condition
December Best of Your Best (winning or published poems only; indicate complete name of contest or publication and award/issue date and year)
All poems must be the original work of the poet, in English and, except for the December contest, previously unpublished. There is no limit to the number of poems one can submit, but each poem must be less than 80 lines (two pages). The monthly contest topics are published for each year in December of the previous year.
OPENS OCTOBER 5 AND CLOSES NOVEMBER 19, 2020
The City of El Cerrito announces the release of a Call for Artists for poets to serve as the City's poet laureate. Deadline to apply is Thursday, November 19, 2020 by 4 p.m.
The laureate will encourage the poetic energy of our community by creating and leading activities that inspire writing and performances of poetry among all age groups while initiating a dialogue between local poets, cultural organizations, and community institutions. In an effort to promote literature and the arts in the City, the laureate will bring attention to poetry in less-traditional settings and encourage residents in their writing and personal expression.
The poet laureate must:
* Be a resident or work full-time in the City of El Cerrito, CA
* Demonstrate a commitment to poetry writing, spoken word performance, and community involvement and outreach
* Be at least 21 years of age at time of application
* Be able to serve the full two-year term as laureate and maintain residency/work status in El Cerrito throughout the term
Honorarium: The laureate will receive a stipend of $4,000 for the two-year term.
Please visit: el-cerrito.org/poetlaureate This is a program of the El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission
Illinois State Poetry Society Invites Submissions to Its 27th Annual Contests
The Illinois State Poetry Society organizes a number of poetry contests with cash prizes.
- • In English, typed or computer-generated, 12 or 14 point; no fancy fonts or illustrations.
- • 40-line limit, unless specified.
- • One single-spaced poem per page, 8.5” x 11” white paper.
- 5. Titles. Except haiku, title all poems.
- Originals. In the upper left-hand corner include: Number and name of contest; your name, address, e-mail, and phone number; the word “MEMBER” if you have current membership in ISPS.
- Duplicates. In the upper left-hand corner include ONLY number and name of contest.
- Two Stacks. Separate originals from duplicates and stack in numerical order with originals on top.