Spring/Summer 2017 Contests are now CLOSED.
Entry Deadline: .
First Place winners in the last contests may not enter the same contests in this time. "Same contest" means one sponsored by the same person, even if the subject, title or prize amounts are different. NOTE: Second & Third Place Winners who won at least $10 & were published may NOT enter the same contest either.
Only one entry per contest/category. No previously published poems or poems accepted for publication elsewhere. And no poems entered in other contests anywhere.
Title and line breaks do Not figure into line counts--unless otherwise specified by the contest sponsor. Epigrams and other additions (like poetry form identification--unless required by the contest) are included in the line count. Single space.
Read and follow the guidelines for each contest! Poems have been disqualified by the judges for failure to do so. Please see complete rules at end of contest listings.
NOTE: NEW RULE effective with ALL Fall 2017 Contests: Poems must contain no more than 60 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. (Lines with more than 60 characters on a 6x9 page may push a poem past category line limits and will result in disqualification.)
1. The Marcella Siegel Memorial Contest ($25)
Offered by Suzie Siegel in remembrance of her mother
for the best poem on women or a woman, no more than one page.
NOTE: Any form EXCEPT Prose. Also, avoid religious and "she sacrificed"-type themes.
(**Editor's note: One page is 6" x 9". Maximum 36 lines including title, author's name, and line breaks.)
2. The Birma Castle Award ($25)
Offered by Birma Castle
for a poem on: "Scraps of Paper"
Use your imagination to your advantage.
Any form, 28 Line Limit.
3. The Odgen Nash Award ($15)
Offered by Nancy LaChance
for a poem in the style of Ogden Nash: funny and can have made-up words.
Any form, 24 lines maximum.
4. The Zephyrus Prize ($25)
Offered by Budd Powell Mahan
for a poem of no more than 20 lines on any subject and in any form.
5. The Pirouette Award ($20, $15, $5)
Offered by Von S. Bourland
for a poem on any subject written in the Pirouette form.
The Pirouette is a 10 LINE POEM with 6 SYLLABLES IN EACH LINE, requiring no rhyme or metric pattern.
Lines 5 & 6 are called "the turn-around." They contain the SAME words in the SAME order, but punctuation & capitalization may vary. Watch line count, placing the repeated line in the correct place. Remember, lines 5 & 6 are NOT REPEATED FOR EMPHASIS.
Line 5 concludes the first stanza. Line 6 (repeat of line 5) is used to lead the last stanza in another direction.
6. A Galaxy of Cats ($20)
Offered by your Editor, Barbara Blanks
for a poem, 20 lines or fewer, in Any Form.
about real cats, cat attitude--like catty, cat's meow, feline attributes--cat or human, etc.
7. Cona You Write a Cento Poem? Contest ($25, $15, $10)
Offered by Cona Faye Adams
for a Cento Poem on any subject, any meter, rhymed or unrhymed. Line Limit: 20.
"Cento" means "Patchwork," and refers to a poem pieced together from lines taken from other poems; i.e. a collage poem. Poets have always "quoted other poets, stolen phrases and lines and reworked them into their own poems. A cento makes this process formally explicit, line by line."
NOTE 1: For this contest, use Only One (1) line from each poet. That’s the way the form was initially invented to be written.
NOTE 2: While it is customary to name the original author to the right of each line, the editor requests you list names of poets below the poem. It is easier for her to transport the poem to a 6x9 page.
8. The McCarthy Award ($25)
Offered by LaVern Spencer McCarthy
for a poem about Rain.
Any style, any form with a 36 line limit.
9. "My Baby Cakes" Award ($25)
Offered by Barbara Terrell Goerdel
in memory of Ernie.
For a poem on any subject, any form, maximum 28 lines.
"Poem must have simplicity, clarity, proper punctuation, and passion."
10. The Latimer Prize ($25)
Offered by Linda Banks
in memory of her parents, Cecil and Lucille Latimer,
and her sister, Peggy Latimer Lee.
Subject: Nature's Gifts. Any form. 28 line limit.
11. The On the Edge Poetry Contest ($25, $15, $10)
Sponsored by On the Edge chapter, Missouri State Poetry Society
for a poem of no more than 14 Lines on Any subject and in Any Form.
Imagination go wild. Have fun with it.
Avoid religious, political verses, and no curses.
12. "Da Iceman" Contest ($25, $20, $15)
Offered by Patrick Lee Marshall
This is a Combo—Challenge. Write a Cinquain, 5 lines of 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables, no dictated meter or rhyme, on any nature subject. Follow it with a 5-7-5 syllable haiku expressing the same thought or adding a new perspective to the Original (Cinquain) thought. The normal haiku reference to a season is not required.
13. . "Spare Ribs" Contest ($20, $15)
Offered by Barbara Green Powell
for a poem of no more than 20 lines, in Free Verse.
14. "Shoestrings" Award ($20)
Offered by Judy Davies
for a poem about shoestring(s).
Any form or free verse, max of 20 lines.
15. Poets Be Cool ($20, $10)
Offered by Barbara Luke
for a poem in Any Form, Any Subject, 28 line limit.
16. Eye of the Camera Award ($25, $20, $15)
Sponsored by Andrea Marshall
for a poem about a photographer who snaps a picture—then spots something unexpected in it--and her/his reaction and the consequences. It can be ordinary or bizarre, but keep it poetic. Any form, 30 line limit.
17. Happy Birthday! Award ($15, $10, $5)
Sponsored by Mark Hudson
for a poem in Any Form, 36 Line Maximum, on one of these two themes:
A: Write a positive upbeat, possibly humorous account of a childhood
memory of a birthday party--yours or someone else's. The cut-off
age is ten. Think happy!
B: Write about a newsworthy event that happened the year you were born. It doesn't have to be a world famous event; it could be a local thing that happened, but do some research, and be creative! You must include your birthday in the poem.
18. Ida Kajala Huovinen Carlson Memorial ($25, $10, $5)
Offered by Gail Denham
for a poem on this theme:
Are you in shock at your mirror image, when your inside clock says “sixteen”, yet the reflection responds “not any more”? Or will you embrace your years of joys, difficulties, sagging dermis, knees that squeak and pop when you arise, and your snow-covered crown? Give a humorous account of your image, your imaginings, the way you view the past and future, your expanding family or waistband. Make us laugh. Any form, 24 lines, No rhyming.
19. True Lies Award ($50, $35, $15)
Offered by Susan Maxwell Campbell
Subject: Anything with a core of truth.
Form: any non-rhymed form. Max 36 lines.
20. Lewisville Laureate Award ($25)
Offered by J. Paul Holcomb
for a poem (Any form) about a Texas road, anything from a trail to an Interstate Highway. 28 line limit.
Membership, contest sponsorship, patronage donations, and non-member entry fees may be paid by check, money order (Payable to A Galaxy of Verse), or through Paypal.com, to "email@example.com"
Please use the Pay Family/Friends option--Not the Pay for Goods option.
Please title all poems except haiku, tanka--ones traditionally not titled. And Please be sure to put Your name and category name & number on your entry! (not just in the subject line.)
$5 award poems will NOT be published without the poet's consent.
Current entry deadline May 7, 2017--in my hands by that date.
E-mail submissions preferred! Only one entry per contest/category. Members may enter without cost. Non-members must pay $5 per contest/category--and still only one entry per contest/category.
Poems must be your own work and may NOT have been published anywhere else including on-line, may not be under consideration by any other contest or media.
Only one copy with your name and contest # and title included is necessary--it will still be sent to the judge without I.D.
IF sending by US mail, one copy of each poem with your contact info is sufficient since I'll have to type it into the computer anyway. No fancy fonts, please. Please be sure to note the name and number of the contest you are entering!
If non-member, send entries (and check or money order) to:
A Galaxy of Verse Contests
Barbara Blanks, Editor
1518 Running River Rd
Garland, TX 75044
You may also pay via Paypal, payable to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: No, you may not enter the contest you're sponsoring even if it's being judged by someone else. Yes, I've been asked that a couple of times.
Also note: GOV is published as a 6"x 9" book. Please keep that in mind as your line breaks and typeset may have to change to accommodate that size.
Third note: If there are five or fewer entries in any contest with a $25/up first place award, the sponsor has the option to not award the prize this time. They can hold it over until the next issue of Galaxy, either with the same theme or a different one. (Sorry, no refunds.)
If it is the postponed contest has the same theme, those who did enter have the option of re-entering that poem, or using it elsewhere. Sponsor/Judge will not see entries if contest is postponed.