Monthly Contests 2019-2020

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  • Poems must be original and unpublished.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:
Renee Ramsey
249 Garden Lane
Floral, AR 72534  

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


  • September: Subject – Any; Form – Haiku sequence, 15 lines (5-7-5)
  • November: Subject – Fall in Arkansas; Form – Elizabethan sonnet
  • December: Subject – Humor about Christmas; Form – Any, 20 lines
  • January: Subject – Night; Form – Minute
  • February: Subject – Any; Form – Heroic Blank verse
  • March: Subject – Any; Form – Free verse
  • May: Subject – Poem for children; Form – Rhyming, 20 lines (must have well-defined rhyme and meter)
  • June: Subject – Chocolate; Form -Free verse, 24 lines
  • July: Subject – Community; Form – Any, 32 lines
  • August: Subject – Any summer frolic; Form – Comic rhyme; 20 lines