2017 POETRY DAY CONTESTS

Open to Arkansas Residents Only

  1. Sybil Nash Abrams Award: $1,000/$400/$250. Must be historically accurate, original and unpublished. Enclose bibliography (not included in line count) on a separate page. First place winner ineligible to enter contest for four years thereafter. Subject: An Arkansas destination. Form: Any. Line limit: 60 – 100. Chair: Marcia Camp.

Open to PRA Members Only

  1. Verna Lee Hinegardner Memorial: $50/$25/$10, HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Age/any. Form: Minute. Chair: Roundtable Poets of Hot Springs.
  2.  Roundtable Poets of Hot Springs: $50/$30/$20. Subject: Any. Form: English sonnet. Chair: Roundtable Poets of Hot Springs.
  3. Pauline Brown Memorial : $50/$30/$20. Subject: Any. Form: Any rhymed form. Line limit: 24. Chair: Roundtable Poets of Hot Springs.
  4. Happiness is a Poem: $50/$25/$15, HM $5/$5. Subject: Humorous and light-hearted. Form: Any. Line limit: 32. Chair: Baxter County Poets’ Association.

Open to All Poets

  1. I was thinking of you: $65/$25/$15, HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Any. Form: Any. Chair: Dennis Patton.
  2. Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni Award: $50/$30/$20, HM $10/$10/$10. Subject: Any. Form: Any. Line limit: 36. Chair: Pat Laster.
  3. Opal Jane & Harry O’Neal Memorial Award: $50/$35/$25, HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Rainy day(s). Form: Free verse. Line limit: 36. Chair: Ben H. O’Neal III.
  4. Opal Jane & Harry O’Neal Humor Award: $50/$35/$25, HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Driving. Form: Any. Line limit: 24. Chair: Ben H. O’Neal III.
  5. Sharp Award: $50/$30/$20, HM$5/$5/$5. Subject: Any. Form: Free verse. Line limit: 36. Chair: Cathy Moran.
  6. River Market Poets Award: $50/$30/$20. Subject: Rivers. Form: Free verse. Line limit: 36. Chair: River Market Poets.
  7. L.C. & Pat Bridges Award: $50/$30/$20. Subject: Christian poetry. Form: Free verse. Line limit: 24. Chair: L.C. and Pat Bridges.
  8. Dr. Seuss Memorial Award (in honor of his 114th birthday 3/2/17): $50/$30/$20. Subject: Any poetry for children. Form: Any. Line limit: 24. Chair: Donna Smith.
  9. David Goodgame Memorial: $50/$30/$20. Subject: Lost and found at the yard sale. Form: Free verse. Line limit: 40. Chair: Rita Goodgame.
  10. All the Way Home: $50/$25/$15. Subject: Home. Form: Poet’s choice. Line limit: 24. Chair: Helene Stallcup.
  11. Poets Northwest: $35/$20/$15, HM$10/$10/$10. Subject: Poems about recovery. Form: Blank verse. Line limit: 32. Chair: Poets Northwest.
  12. SAPOP Award: $35/$15/$10, HM$5/$5/$5. Subject: Gardening. Form: Etheree. Line limit: 10. Chair: SAPOP.
  13. Marie Barton & Teresa Dixon Memorial: $30/$15/$10, HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Trees. Form: Any. Line limit: 36. Chair: Jim Barton.
  14. Winklebleck’s Choice Award in memory of Mary Winklebleck: $30/$20/$10. Subject: Any (serious or humorous). Form: Any. Line limit: 40. Chair: Barbara Blanks.
  15. That’s Life Award: $30/$20/$10. Subject: I believe in…(Do not include “I believe in” in the title) Form: Free verse. Line limit: 32. Chair: Laura Loughridge.
  16. Saline County Branch Award: $25/$15/$10 HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Any. Form: Any. Line limit: 20. Chair: Saline County Poets.
  17. Crowson Award: $25/$15/$10, HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Make me laugh – funniest poem wins. Form: Any. Line limit: 24. Chair: Don Crowson.
  18. Two Rivers Poetry of Ft. Smith Award: $25/$15/$10, HM $5/$5. Subject: Nature’s wonders. Form: Any. Line limit: 40. Chair: Two Rivers Poetry of Fort Smith.
  19. River Poets of Batesville Award: $25/$15/$10. Subject: Any. Form: Spoon River (free verse–person speaking from the grave). Line limit: 36. Chair: River Poets of Batesville.
  20. Gin Creek Poets’ Award: $25/$15/$10. Subject: Any. Form: Luc Bat. Line limit: 36. Chair: Gin Creek Poets.
  21. Florence Gibbs Memorial: $25/$15/$10. Subject: Any. Form: Any. Line limit: 36. Chair: Anna Noack.
  22. Betty Heidelberger: $25/$15/$10. Subject: Any. Form: Any. Line limit: 36. Chair Anna Noack.
  23. Baker Nichols: $25/$10/$5. Subject: Any. Form: Beymorlin sonnet. Line limit: 14. Chair: Freeda Baker Nichols.
  24. Celia Marts Memorial Award: $15/$10/$5. Subject: New dreams for those past 60. Form: Open. Line limit: 30. Chair: Patricia H. Oplinger.
  25. The Beech Award: $15/$10/$5. Subject: Any. Form: A Beech poem. The Beech is a 5 line poem- first line (2 syllables), second & third lines (5 syllables), fourth line (3 syllables), fifth line (8 syllables). Rhymed – ABBBA.

CONTEST RULES

  1. Mail all entries and fees in one envelope postmarked by August 15, 2017 to Liz Faulkner, 3 Ridge Oak Cove, Little Rock AR 72223.
  2. Non-members may enter all contests for which they are eligible for $15; members may enter for $10. Make check or money order payable to “PRA.”
  3. Submit one typed or Times New Roman (12) original and one copy for each contest entered with no illustrations or embellishments on entries. Type number and name of award in upper left corner of both copies. On duplicate only, place name and address in upper right corner (labels accepted).
  4. All poems must be original, unpublished work of the poet, and not under consideration for publication. PRA defines publication as having an ISBN #.
  5. Submit only one poem in each category. No poem may be entered in more than one category.
  6. No entries will be returned. All manuscripts will be destroyed.
  7. Contest chairs are not necessarily judges.
  8. Three honorable mentions will be awarded without prizes unless otherwise specified. Entries not following rules will be disqualified.