Monthly Contests 2017-18

These contests are only open to PRA members. To become a member, mail your annual dues to Cathy Moran, Membership Coordinator.

Contest Rules: 

  • You must be a member of the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas to enter these monthly contests.
  • Members may only enter one poem per month.
  • There is no entry fee for these contests.
  • Poems must be postmarked by the second Saturday of the month. 
  • Submissions need to meet the subject, form, and line limit guidelines for that particular month.
  • There is a limit of 36 lines when the monthly contest does not specify a line limit.
  • Poems must be original and unpublished.
  • Submit two copies of your poem.
  • Place your name and address in the upper right corner of only one copy of your submission.

Entries should be mailed to:
Jodi Tooke
331 Beach Haven Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913  

Winners receive a check of $15, $10, or $5. For previous Monthly Member Contest winners, see here.


  • September: Subject –A state of mind; Form – Etheree & reverse Etheree; 20 lines
  • November: Subject – Starting over; Form –Anaphora; 12-16 lines
  • December: Subject – Wishing on a star; Form –Free verse; 32 lines
  • January: Subject – Any; Form –Sonnet (specify type)
  • February: Subject – Harbinger of spring; Form – Minute
  • March: Subject – Any; Form –Free verse
  • May: Subject – Any; Form – Haiku (traditional or modern); 1 – 3 lines
  • June: Subject – Love and war; Form – Any; 28 lines
  • July: Subject – Any; Form – Any (must use words: flag, ice, sparkle, bucket); 20 lines
  • August: Subject – Seasonal choices; Form- Free verse; 20 lines