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 Must be historically accurate, original and unpublished.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: Arkansas military heroes. Form: Any. Line limit: 60 – 100. Chair: Committee of winners from the past four years.

Open to PRA Members Only

  1. Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni: $50/$30/$20, HM $10/$10/$10. Subject: Pottery. Form: Any. Line limit: 20.  Chair: Larry Witherspoon.
  2. “3 Little Lines”: $50/$30/$20. Subject: Nature; may include human nature. Form: Haiku – 17 syllables or less, must have season word, “cutting,” and present tense. See shadowpoetry.com and poetrysoup.com.  Line limit:  3.  Chair:  Fay Guinn.
  3. Fill in the Blankety-Blanks Award: $40/$20/$10.  Subject: Any.  Form:  Any.  Line limit:  42. Chair:  Barbara Blanks.
  4. Crawford Sonnet Award: $35/$25/$15, HM $10/$10/$5.  Subject:  Domestic pets.  Form:  Elizabethan or Petrarchan sonnet (identity type).  Line limit:  14.  Chair:  John Crawford.
  5. Baker Nichols Award: $30/$15/$10.  Subject:  Any.  Form:  Villanelle.   Line limit:  19.  Chair:  Freeda Baker Nichols.
  6. Rhymed Inspirational: $25/$15/$10, HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Any. Form: Any rhymed. Line limit:  36. Chair: Roundtable Poets of Hot Springs.
  7. Don Crowson Memorial Award: $25/$15/$10.  Subject:  Pets you have loved and lost.  Form:  Sonnet (any style).  Note type of sonnet on poem.  Line limit:  14.  Chair:  Pat Laster.
  8. Mimic for Fun: $25/$15/$10.  Subject:  Any.  Form:  Parody.  Line limit:  36.  Chair:  Delores Hinde.

Open to All Poets

  1. AR Poet Laureate Award in memory of Peggy Caudle Vining: $100/$50/$25. Subject: Treasured family moments – wholesome/no profanity. Form: Any. Line limit: 28. Chair: The Vining family.
  2. Happy Traveling Award: $50/$25/$15.  Subject:  Favorite Arkansas travel stops.  Form:  Any.  Line limit:  40.  Chair:  Sandra Soli.
  3. Sharp Award: $50/$30/$20, HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Any. Form: Free verse. Line limit: 40. Chair: Cathy Moran.
  4. Opal Jane & Harry O’Neal Memorial Award: $50/$35/$25, HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Good ol’ days. Form: Any. Line limit: 36. Chair: Ben H. O’Neal III.
  5. Opal Jane & Harry O’Neal Humor Award: $50/$35/$25, HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Feet. Form: Any. Line limit: 36. Chair: Ben H. O’Neal III.
  6. Karen Hayes Memorial Award: $50/$30/$20. Subject: Hot. Form: Free verse. Line limit: 18. Chair: River Market Poets.
  7. L.C. & Pat Bridges Award: $50/$25/$15. Subject: Christian poetry. Form: Free verse. Line limit: 24. Chair: L.C. and Pat Bridges.
  8. Dr. Seuss Memorial Award: $50/$30/$20. Subject: Any poetry for children. Form: Any. Line limit: 24. Chair: Donna Smith.
  9. David Goodgame Memorial Award: $50/$30/$20. Subject: Fragrance remembered. Form: Free verse. Line limit: 30. Chair: Rita Goodgame.
  10. And Then It Happened: $50/$30/$20, HM $5/$5/$5.  Subject:  Any.  Form:  Any.  Line limit:  28.  Chair:  Dennis Patton.
  11. All About Animals Award: $40/$20/$10, HM $6/$4/$2.  Subject:  Animals.  Form:  Free verse.  Line limit:  8-13, min. of 8 lines, no more than 13.  Chair:  Barbara Robinette.
  12. Fort Smith’s Two Rivers Poetry Society: $30/$20/$10.  Subject:  Nature’s wonders – scenes of nature at her finest.  Form:  Any.  Line limit:  40.  Chair:  Mary and Kitty Sangster.
  13. Poets of the Pines: $25/$15/$10, HM $5/$5/$5.  Subject:  Any.  Form:  Octain.  Syllables 2-4-6-8-8-6-4-3; Rhyme scheme AbcdbcdA  Line limit:  8.  Chair:  SAPOP.
  14. That’s Life Award: $25/$15/$10.  Subject:  Good deeds.  Form:  Free verse.  Line limit:  24.  Chair:  Laura Bridges.
  15. Dean Henning Memorial Award: $25/$15/$10 HM $5/$5/$5. Subject: Traveling Is. Form: Free verse. Line limit: 28. Chair: Saline County Poets.
  16. In Honor of Odgen Nash: $25/$15/$10. Subject: Humor. Form: Any. Line limit: 24. Chair: Nancy LaChance.
  17. Peggy Sue Memorial Award: $25/$15/$10.  Subject:  Capture the “Ah-ha” moment.  Form:  Haiku.  Line limit:  3.  Chair:  The Vining family.
  18. Florence Gibbs Memorial Award: $25/$15/$10.  Subject:  Any.  Form:  Any.  Line limit:  36.   Chair: Anna Noack.
  19. Betty Heidelberger Memorial Award: $25/$15/$10.  Subject:  Any.  Form:  Any.  Line limit:  36.  Chair:  Anna Noack.
  20. River Poets of Batesville: $25/$15/$10.  Subject:  Hope.  Form:  Rhyming couplets.  Line limit:  20.  Chair:  River Poets of Batesville.


  1. Mail all entries and fees in one envelope postmarked by August 15, 2019 to Marie Allison, 165 St. Andrews, Hot Springs AR 71913.
  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 contest. No poem may be entered in more than one contest.
  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.